Have you seen fire flies in real life?
please boost. :)
@ducki they do not live where I live but I saw them when I went to pennsylvania one summer in high school
@rigatonimonster Mood. Ive lived in other places where they were but now i live where they dont inhabit. :(
@ducki I feel like I don't see nearly as many of them now.
sad news about fireflies
@ducki Oh, it's because there are a lot less than there were when I was little.
sad news about fireflies
I'm in Indiana, and when I was growing up here we had a lot more of them.
It turns out in the late 90s or so there was some sort of corn or soybean eating insect from a far away land that had invaded. Those are the two big crops in Indiana. To get rid of the pests, they imported (IIRC) a Japanese beetle (looks a bit like a ladybug) and dropped them widely across the state.
The insect they dropped also ate firefly larva. :(
@frostotron Big F. I live in a place where fireflies just dont live. But ive lived in other places where theyre super common so it blows my mind that people just; havent seen one.
@ducki We called them lightning bugs growing up.
@beadsland I use fire flies/lighting bugs interchangeably but in a general sense i think i use fire flies more. Also it depends on who im talking to. People i know from southern US i say lighting bugs but northern US (like new england-ish area) i say fire flies, duno why.
@ducki I don't go outside
@ducki I so wish!
@ducki my partner went to a party and met a guy from California or somewhere out there, and when asked why he'd moved out here (to the Southeast US) he said that he specifically wanted to see junebugs in his life before he had to settle down and get a dayjob back home
Everyone was a little quiet because of how strange and boring that sounded until someone pointed out he maybe meant lightning bugs and everyone had a good chuckle
@ducki I only saw them when I was living in the countryside. It's been like at least 13 year I didn't see one
@ducki only the larvae. does that count?
@ducki to people who haven't seen them: they really do look like that
@ducki every summer
@ducki I also grew up in one of two places in the world where they sync up and all flash at the same time. It was absolutely beautiful!
@ducki I don't think they live on US west coast I half thought they were mythical growing up :)
@ducki my husband's family lived on a property with a huge field, the fireflies came out during the summer and it was beautiful
@ducki We used to catch 'em when we were little. We still see 'em today. We just don't take the time to catch 'em anymore.
@ducki I'm not sure we have them in the UK
@ducki Basically every summer when I lived in Kansas, but they're rare in Virginia.
@ducki they come into my room at night sometimes :)
They're pretty common north of the GTA so I'd see them on camping trips. But when I moved to Ottawa a couple of years ago, I started seeing them when I went walking at night and it was an instantly magical experience.
@ducki long time ago but yes
@ducki Now I have Fire Eyes in my head.
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