Very interesting and informative. I think I'll have to look up more about these beetles. I'll share what I learn with my 4 1/2 year old grandson who lives next door and loves nature. His parents are excellent teachers on the subject too.
My understanding is that some areas have several different kinds of lightning bugs which can be distinguished according to the color of the flash (some are yellow, some are green,some are blue, some are orange), and its rhythm.
Not only do they boogie, they got rhythm, and they bring their own light show. Fireflies are natural born entertainers. GREAT article! Happy 4th! :)
Thank you darius and carrie. Thanks, d, for letting me steal the topic for now- I was relieved to see you do have a nice supply of article subjects anyhoo! But there is more to be written about fireflies maybe next year...
Leaflady, closer to the ocean = warmer. They have a climate moderated by the Gulf stream, and they're farther south than any of the midwest states.
Up in ME, on the other hand (Maine, and VT, and NH,) now THEY gets cold, there you're in zone 4 if you're inland. :)
There was a fellow who lived on the border of New Hampshire and Maine. For years the two states went back and forth over where his property was. Maine claimed it. Finally, New Hampshire sued in court, and won. Officials showed up at his door and told him the good news. He now lived in New Hampshire, to which he replied "Thank goodness, I couldn't have stood anuthah one of those Maine wintuhs."
Blue, Sally, although I have never seen a blue one. I have seen yellow, and green. :)
Joe, you got it. re the zones. We in Mid Atlantic regional forum can even see small differences between the western parts of MD(towards the mountains) and the Eastern Shore which is between a large bay and the ocean.
Also, leaflady, I feel I must point out, living as I do in MA, Massachusetts, that MD, Maryland, is NOT in New England. Maryland is the beginning of the South, at least from our point of view! (Country music, different kinds of fast food, different kinds of dirt...)
New England is everything northeast of New York: Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire. My husband, who grew up on Long Island, New York, says the parts of Long Island that are north of NYC should also be counted as New England, but I say he's full of baloney.
LOL Carrie. I had a friend in Massachusetts who used to tell me about how she couldn't staand New Yawkers with their nasal aaccents. :)
I thought it was amazing the first time I flew south with a stop over in DC/Maryland how you can *see* the difference in the air. North of DC the air is relatively clear, with puffy clouds, and you can see the ground sharp. From DC on southward there's a blue haze (humidity, I assume) that obscures most details. You can see land and water between clouds, but you cannot see many details. It's lost in the haze.