HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » The DU Lounge (Forum) » Lightning Bugs are Back

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 04:34 AM

Lightning Bugs are Back

I sat out on my front porch this evening and couldn't believe all the lightning bugs in the trees and hedges. Twenty years ago, I'd be thrilled to see one or two. People have quit putting so much insecticides on their yards and these little bugs are making a comeback. Looked like it was when I was a kid; lightning bugs everywhere at dusk. So beautiful to see them rise up from the hedges with their tiny lights twinkling in the dark.

12 replies, 1106 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 12 replies Author Time Post
Reply Lightning Bugs are Back (Original post)
dem in texas Jun 5 OP
Buckeye_Democrat Jun 5 #1
wyn borkins Jun 5 #2
barbtries Jun 5 #3
Ligyron Jun 5 #4
Ligyron Jun 5 #5
littlemissmartypants Jun 5 #6
Siwsan Jun 5 #7
targetpractice Jun 5 #8
The Jungle 1 Jun 5 #9
eppur_se_muova Jun 5 #10
Paladin Jun 5 #11
a kennedy Jun 5 #12

Response to dem in texas (Original post)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 04:49 AM

1. Not here yet.

The cicadas are everywhere, though.

It's been a loud shrill out there the entire night.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to dem in texas (Original post)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 05:02 AM

2. Magical Glowing Memories Above The Hedges

Lightning bugs are back
Tiny lights twinkling at nite
Beauty you can see

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to dem in texas (Original post)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 06:10 AM

3. Here in NC,

I saw a few last night too. Not a lot, but definitely fireflies. it was cool.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to dem in texas (Original post)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 06:14 AM

4. The lights are those bugs looking for a hook up.

Different species have different combinations of on/off To communicate. Itís like a Morse code for sex

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to dem in texas (Original post)


Response to dem in texas (Original post)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 06:27 AM

6. ❤ nt

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to dem in texas (Original post)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 07:18 AM

7. I've been outside, looking for them in Michigan. No luck, last night.

I will be out there, again, tonight.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to dem in texas (Original post)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 09:06 AM

8. Last year in CT there were virtually none...

... But I am seeing them bounce back this year.

Did you know you (and other fireflies) can tell the difference between species based on whether they light up while ascending, descending, or other patterns.

Upon edit: Ligyron already posted that info upthread. Thanks!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to dem in texas (Original post)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 09:25 AM

9. When I was a kid

A family from California was visiting the neighborhood. I guess they do not have many lightning Bugs in California.
We were playing in the yard around dusk and the bugs came out. They were kinda freaked out. But then we started catching them.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to dem in texas (Original post)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 03:43 PM

10. The one sure sign Summer is here in these parts.

Ours started on June 3rd. Hadn't seen a single one before then. Suddenly they're all over the yard.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to dem in texas (Original post)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 04:01 PM

11. I grew up with them in Austin. Haven't seen any in many years.

Glad to hear they're making a comeback in your area.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to dem in texas (Original post)

Sat Jun 5, 2021, 04:58 PM

12. I'll look tonight.......love the lightning bugs and have noticed too that there are lots more of them.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread