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MsUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:34 PM
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Has anyone seen any firebugs this summer???
I have seen a few, but not like even last year.....and the ones I've seen are on the ground blinking, not even flying. Kinda sad really, I remember as a kid tons of them flying around in the summer. ;(
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:34 PM
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1. Like you
here in Atlanta, very, very few.
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RT Atlanta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:40 PM
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13. I've seen a fair amount
WHere I live in ATL (just north of Buckhead ITP). About the same amount as I've seen the past few years.
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jayavarman Donating Member (319 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:51 PM
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25. Tons of them here too
Candler Park - Little 5 Points ATL
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tcfrogs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:35 PM
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2. I think they are just hitting their "peak" season now
I've seen a bunch in the last week - my dog tries to catch them, but she gets so frustrated when they stop lighting up.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:35 PM
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3. No I think the cicada ate all of them
Actually I have........they are EVERYWHERE :scared:
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kcwayne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:36 PM
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4. Maybe the Cicada's ate them?
I haven't noticed any in Indiana, other than one I found in the house.
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Raven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:36 PM
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5. Do you mean "lightening bugs"?
I haven't seen a one this year in NH.
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:36 PM
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6. I have beaucoups of them in my yard
I love to look at them. :D
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jedicord Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:36 PM
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7. One night here in Southeast Texas
Edited on Mon Jul-19-04 03:37 PM by jedicord
we saw a few. The first time for my 10 year old son as a matter of fact. He loved them! I personally haven't seen any since I went to school in East Texas in the early 80's (no age jokes, please).

Maybe they flew down here? If so -- cool!

On edit - added missing words!
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southpaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:36 PM
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8. Yeah...
Edited on Mon Jul-19-04 03:37 PM by southpaw
The twisted bastard was lurking around the back deck with a jug of kerosene and a box of blue-tip matches...

I ran him off and haven't seen him again, thank god.

Oh, you mean Fire Flies? Yeah, lots of em here in rural Alabama.
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SheepyMcSheepster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:36 PM
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9. no shortages of fireflies in western NC
they seem to be everywhere.
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cdsilv Donating Member (883 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:39 PM
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12. ...mosquito spraying....
...tends to kill them off. I've only seen very few in any areas where mosquito spraying is prevalent..
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:37 PM
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10. "firebugs"? Now wait...
it's either lightnin bugs or fireflies.
You can't have it both ways.
;-)
Firebugs are arsonists.
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MsUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:40 PM
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15. *embarrassed* ooops, sorry....
yeah, I meant fireflies, or lightning bugs.
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:48 PM
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22. No harm, no foul. AND...
WELCOME TO DU!
:hi:
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Mr.Green93 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:38 PM
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11. bumper crop here in NCKy.
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XNASA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:40 PM
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14. Our Lightning Bug population seems to be way down too.
Here being Northern Illinois.

There were a few last month. Now.....not so many.
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chiburb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:44 PM
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19. Just saw my 1st of the summer Saturday morning...
at about 4:30. I realized that I'd seen none until then and wondered where they were?
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mohinoaklawnillinois Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 06:27 PM
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30. The little critters are still pretty plentiful here
in the SW burbs of Chicago. My friend's 5 and 3 year old run around every evening trying to catch them. Brings back lotsa memories for me and her.
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spinbaby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:41 PM
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16. Good crop in western PA
We've had a couple of dampish years--I think that helps.
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BigMcLargehuge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:41 PM
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17. zillions of them in my backyard
the bats seem to like them too :)
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jus_the_facts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:42 PM
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18. I've seen more the last two summers......
....than I'd seen in a LONG time....remember 'em bein' EVERYWHERE as a kid too. :)
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Bertha Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:44 PM
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20. plenty in Southern Maryland
I'll ask some to fly northwest. :)
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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:44 PM
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21. Drought?
The last bunch of years it has been so dry here in Kansas and there were so few of them then. This year we are very wet and there are tons of them.
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Nite Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:50 PM
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23. Well they must all be
up here in Saratoga. Quite a display this year here.
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Reverend_Smitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:50 PM
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24. Not many here in central NJ
Usually they are everywhere but I don't recall seeing too many of them this year. I think I must go out on a lightening bug hunt tonight!
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damnraddem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:52 PM
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26. I've seen some flying around.
The first I've noticed for several years.

At least, I assume you're talking about fireflies/lightning bugs -- not people who set fires. I haven't seen any of the latter flying around.
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curse10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:57 PM
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27. On Saturday I did!
I was so happy! We went out to Western Mass to visit the mother in law. We were having a nice dinner outside and as it was getting dark they came out! Stuck around for about and hour.
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Guy Fawkes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 04:21 PM
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28. I live near a "greenbelt" so there are tons. (clarification follows)
A "green belt" area is one of the areas within the city where there is no construction. The area is burned every spring or two to promote natural growth. The areas form a "belt" going through the city.
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amazona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 05:49 PM
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29. almost extinct here
It is sad. Used to be millions, then at least a few, then a year or so ago I saw only one. Now there are none.
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fishnfla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 06:45 PM
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31. Yes ma'am, tons!
We had them thick in April, same as always. Still have some this late in the season
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TopesJunkie Donating Member (979 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 07:30 PM
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32. Why yes I have!
Sorry to hear about your lack thereof.
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 07:41 PM
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33. Fireflies are just about extinct
where I grew up.

Houses replace their habitat.
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DoNotRefill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 07:59 PM
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34. I live in a small town...and have the hardest time keeping them...
out of the house. We've got plenty here, and they're frolicking nightly.
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