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(The New York Times)   Tiny lights go out as firefly populations dwindle   ( divider line
    More: Sad, Raine Lyons, mosquito repellent, river systems, Greenville County, symposium, light pollution  
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8345 clicks; posted to Main » on 17 Aug 2014 at 10:00 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-08-17 06:35:57 PM  
5 votes:
I bet they're cursing their sudden but inevitable betrayal.
2014-08-17 10:28:52 PM  
3 votes:
2014-08-17 06:54:28 PM  
3 votes:
2014-08-18 12:02:30 AM  
2 votes:

fusillade762: I bet they're cursing their sudden but inevitable betrayal.

Well, my time of not taking you seriously is coming to a middle.
2014-08-17 11:42:35 PM  
2 votes:
Moving from Alberta to Southern Indiana I was astounded at seeing fireflies for the first time. My wife has noticed the decline in fireflies more than I have, having grown up with them, but we do our best to keep them going. Good part of our acreage is fallow, remains unmowed or landscaped year-round, and the little buggers and other rural wildlife love it. She actually saw firefly nymphs for the first time this year. It's great doing our part to help the local environment.
2014-08-17 10:10:19 PM  
2 votes:
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.
2014-08-17 06:51:20 PM  
2 votes:
The field in back of my house used to be magical with all the fireflies, but yeah in the last few years it's dwindled to just a few.
2014-08-18 03:28:10 PM  
1 vote:

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:
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 10:34:50 AM  
1 vote:

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

2014-08-18 12:11:45 AM  
1 vote:
lightning bug, not firefly.
pork roll, not taylor ham.
potato bug, not rolly polly.
soda, not pop.
the shore, not beach.

2014-08-17 11:31:02 PM  
1 vote:
A number of years ago there was extended construction on my street during the summer, with a long row of barricades with the flashing amber lights. If you watched you would see the fireflies/lightning bugs flashing an unusually fast (brief) blink. They were matching duration of the construction lights. It was sort of sad to think that those bugs were trying to flirt with the constructions barricades.
2014-08-17 11:00:01 PM  
1 vote:

shanrick: And soon . . .

Tiny lights go out as human populations dwindle

/please give generously

Fark needs a "dumb" button. I want to dumb this so, so many times.
2014-08-17 10:33:26 PM  
1 vote:
Growing up in western PA,  I remember seeing fireflys by the thousands on most summer evenings.  We used catch them and keep them in a jar as a night light.

Moved west when I grew up, can't say I've seen a single one in over 35 years.
2014-08-17 10:32:56 PM  
1 vote:

gfid: Really?  26 posts and none of this?

I've got troubles of my own I said
And you can't help me out.

you need to improve your reading skills.
2014-08-17 10:26:26 PM  
1 vote:
HOA lawns. Think about it.
2014-08-17 10:20:21 PM  
1 vote:
I can't remember the last time I've seen a firefly a.k.a. lightning bug.
2014-08-17 10:19:55 PM  
1 vote:
Back just 15 years ago, you'd see millions of them in upstate NY.  Don't know about nowadays, but back then, they were everywhere.  I remember them hitting the windshield of the car and their guts would glow.
2014-08-17 10:18:13 PM  
1 vote:
Well you can't take the sky from me.
2014-08-17 10:14:56 PM  
1 vote:
Loved lightning bugs. Back in the day we hit them with whiffle ball bats.
2014-08-17 07:46:28 PM  
1 vote:
And soon . . .

Tiny lights go out as human populations dwindle

/please give generously
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