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Lightning bugs (fireflies) not only pretty but beneficial too?

Posted Friday, March 6, 2009, at 8:57 PM

Somehow I have missed this in all my reading about organic methods and beneficial insects. I read it on a blog today and then went to google to check it out. There is a good picture of a firefly larvae here. http://www.backyardnature.net/lightbug.h... The only drawback to them might be that they eat earthworms too.

Then go to http://www.mybedfordcounty.com/gardengle... for this week's gleanings on gardening news.

If you get a chance, the Nashville Lawn & Garden Show is in full swing. Here are some of the folks who will be there and more info. http://www.nashvillelawnandgardenshow.co... I won't be able to attend this year, even though I was offered free passes.

Thanks again for the offer.


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Steve,

Did you know the fireflys over near Townsend, TN (near Knoxville) flash in sync to each other? I have not seen it, but my sister who lives over there has and says it pretty neat.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Fri, Mar 6, 2009, at 11:16 PM

I recently met up with an old friend from college who has lived in Utah for years and has raised 4 little boys there. When the family visited here recently, the boys freaked out because they had NEVER seen lightening bugs before! I think that's one of the things we take for granted and don't really appreciate!

-- Posted by welkin61 on Sat, Mar 7, 2009, at 6:49 AM

Your comments have raised more curiosity, so I dug some more. I did not find the reference to being in sync but with 2,000 different varieties of lightning bugs, all having different patterns, it makes sense.

I was curious about Utah not having any and found that fireflies like humid to wet conditions. That might explain why some summers we see MANY and others summers there are few. They apparently can live in the soil up to 2 years, so they can wait for the rain.

Deb was wondering how they really know there are over 2,000 varieties. I am sure some entomologist coordinated college programs. By the way, 2000 is just for the North American Firefly.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Mar 7, 2009, at 7:20 AM

Elkmont, up in the Smokies is where they light up in sync. Here's a link and article for you to read: http://www.appvoices.org/index.php?/site.... Enjoy the reading.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Sat, Mar 7, 2009, at 9:36 AM

I love lightning bugs, they Rock! I lived overseas most of my life and no lightning bug there... I was so happy to see them again when we came stateside.

That is my fave thing to do in the summer, lay in the hammock and watch the first lightning bugs come out. There is something so magical about them.

They are sooo cool.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Sat, Mar 7, 2009, at 5:38 PM

One species will mimic the flashing of another ... then when the interested suitor shows up, the faker will eat him.

-- Posted by MotherMayhem on Mon, Mar 9, 2009, at 8:47 AM

Who do you trust if not a lightning bug?

I even had a lady bug bite me yesterday and to think of how many thousands we have taken out of the house to freedom. Maybe it was just too hungry from winter hibernation and just had to bite something.

For those who might not know, it was not a sting, so no swelling or itch. They are normally docile.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Mar 9, 2009, at 1:01 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.