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(The New York Times)   Tiny lights go out as firefly populations dwindle   (nytimes.com) divider line 116
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2014-08-18 09:39:54 AM

People Who Annoy You: lightning bug, not firefly.
pork roll, not taylor ham.
potato bug, not rolly polly.
soda, not pop.
the shore, not beach.

/NJ.


Taylor Ham. The only good thing to have ever come out of New Jersey.
 
2014-08-18 10:34:50 AM

destrip: Why, oh why, does it have to be fireflies? Why can't mosquitoes or gnats be vanishing instead?


This²
 
2014-08-18 10:40:34 AM
I have lots of them I'm my backyard here in WI.

The other day, I taught my girls to collect them in a mason jar. At the end of the night, they released them all again. It's neat watching the little things glow with joy - and the bugs are pretty too!
 
2014-08-18 10:43:12 AM

huntercr: Sad :(

My guess is completely unnecessary pesticide  is what kills most of them.  If the pesticide doesn't kill them, it kills their food ( which is grubs and things that usually is the reason for the pesticide )
According to the googles their larval stage lasts 2 years, with only 6 months above ground, if that.

/Obligatory Firefly Reference
//I swear by my pretty floral bonnet, I will end you


I suspect the same.

When I was a kid, there was always that one house with the perfect lawn. Now everyone seems to use lawn service like lawn doctor. The summer treatment is when the pesticides go down, right when the fireflies are emerging.

/My neighbors probably hate me with my lawn full of dandelion and clover.
 
2014-08-18 10:51:17 AM
You want to end the pesticide use? Switch to hydroponics/indoor farming. It's not like we don't have an entire Middle East's worth of sand we can turn into glass.
 
2014-08-18 10:52:53 AM
New Age Redneck: Can't believe nobody posted Zappa's "City of Tiny Lights".....

Couple of lyric references earlier in the thread.

It's ov-er there....


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2014-08-18 10:57:58 AM
I wonder if there is any way to order them like you can with ladybugs (live) and praying mantis (egg sack) to repopulate an area?
 
2014-08-18 11:35:22 AM

balisane: northguineahills: I see an occasional few here and there in Brooklyn, but never any in Manhattan.  That said, when going to rural upstate, or WV or VA, i see less then I remember 15 years ago, but it could a biased memory.

We have lots in the Bronx, and the pine grove on my campus is full of them. I've seen them in Manhattan near the parks: at least a couple most evenings.

But no, not as many in my yard as there were ten years ago. 3:


You're right, I have seen them in Central Park.
 
2014-08-18 11:54:04 AM
I saw many this year. It's been years since I've seen them out in that number.

I'd like to know what to plant to encourage them.
 
2014-08-18 12:43:20 PM

Hector Remarkable: Are they sure that it's not that every little boy collected a jar of them with holes in the top, and it all just added up? Because as far as I can tell, every little boy did this, and has been doing it for a while, and that's a lot of mayonnaise jars full of fireflies when you think about it.
Same way they don't want people throwing pebbles into the Grand Canyon. Next thing you know, it's all filled up.


I'd say no, because we're not having a mayonaisse jar shortage.
 
2014-08-18 12:47:15 PM

The Irresponsible Captain: I saw many this year. It's been years since I've seen them out in that number.


Same here. We didn't spray for mosquitos this year. It could just be coincidence, but the yard was chock full of them earlier this summer. Didn't see even one last year.
 
2014-08-18 12:51:38 PM
seen a couple this summer out here near Lowell MA

in hindsight, they might have been the first I've seen in a few years now...
 
2014-08-18 01:06:35 PM
The firefly populations here in Southern Indiana have been astronomical this year.
 
2014-08-18 03:28:10 PM

The Irresponsible Captain: I saw many this year. It's been years since I've seen them out in that number.

I'd like to know what to plant to encourage them.


I was wondering the same thing and found this:  http://www.firefly.org
The site looks like it is set up for (or by) kids, but still very informative.

Downloaded the Clemson Firefly Counter app a couple of minutes ago and a mosquito has already found me.

/In the middle of the afternoon!
//In my office, at my desk... should be working.
 
2014-08-18 04:09:56 PM
Snoopy once declared he'd have to move indoors to write at night...in his words, "You can't write by
firefly."
 
2014-08-18 07:23:44 PM

Mystery Vortex: With every irreplaceable species that is decimated because of the ignorance and greed of people, I hate humanity a little more.


The more people I meet, the more I miss my dog.
 
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