On Dec 2, 2006, blossombloom from Griffin, GA wrote:
This bug brings back childhood memories. When I was a little girl, around dusk these fireflies would come out and I would catch them and put them in a jar. But know that I think back maybe this is why we don't see that many fireflies any more. Or maybe it's because so many woods are being destroyed.
I do not not know too much about them but they are pretty to watch at dusk.
On Dec 12, 2006, palmbob from Tarzana, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
It's interesting that the east half of the country takes the existence of fireflies for granted- part of everyday (or everynight life... at least in the summers)... but growing up west of the Mississippi, in New Mexico, I never saw a firefly. They don't have them here in California, either. It wasn't until I visited my cousins on the east coast that I was exposed to these magical creatures.
There are several kinds of fireflies, though can't say I could begin to tell them apart... but their flashing off and on are signals to the opposite sex. Males flash in one sequence, while females flash in another. And some species of fireflies eat others and 'pretend' to be an attracting mate by flashing like one- pretty sneaky strategy!
From a veterinary point of view, these are dangerous bugs as they are highly toxic to both dogs and cats (to eat... they don't bite, that I am aware of).
On Feb 7, 2013, DavidofDeLand from DeLand, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
Where have all the Fireflies gone in Central Florida I wonder. Many of us here have noticed their seeming decline over the years. Where they used to light the sky in thousands on over a century owned rural family property, ( a controlled area in which generations can witness and share the remembrances) they have been a compete No Show in the last decade at least...