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  posted on 4/10/2008 at 07:11 PM
Thats what we used to call them. Although I never saw a lightning bolt come out of one. :-).

I remember when I was a kid, they were everywhere in the "country" at night. We used to catch them in jars when I was a little boy. We thought that if we got enough, we could use the jar like a lantern..haha.

I never see them anymore, how bout you folks...did you still see them where you live ?

We also used to tie and string around a June Bugs leg and it would fly around and around.

Kids...........

 

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Thats what we used to call them. Although I never saw a lightning bolt come out of one. :-).

I remember when I was a kid, they were everywhere in the "country" at night. We used to catch them in jars when I was a little boy. We thought that if we got enough, we could use the jar like a lantern..haha.

I never see them anymore, how bout you folks...did you still see them where you live ?

We also used to tie and string around a June Bugs leg and it would fly around and around.

Kids...........


JJ Grey and Mofro said it best in the song "FireFlies"

Where......Where, Lord where did all the Fireflies go..................

 

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  posted on 4/10/2008 at 07:22 PM
Ours don't come until June.

I think the drought conditions down your way have lowered the population a bit Kenny.

 

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  posted on 4/10/2008 at 07:23 PM
Fire Flies

When we were youngin's &#8260; We used to play all day &#8260; Lord and when the night came &#8260; Oh them lights would dance away &#8260; Oh so good so warm it felt to play &#8260; Like being in your mama's arms &#8260; so safe &#8260; &#8260; Where did all the fireflies go? &#8260; Hold your breath no more movement in the night &#8260; Where did all the fireflies go? &#8260; I heard someone say &#8260; they ain't never coming back &#8260; &#8260; Running wild feeling oh so free &#8260; Trying to light the night up &#8260; With the fire inside of me &#8260; Oh them lights Lord they let me be me &#8260; Where did all the fireflies go where did they go? &#8260; &#8260; Where did all the fireflies go? &#8260; Hold your breath no more movement in the night &#8260; Where did all the fireflies go? &#8260; I heard someone say &#8260; they ain't never coming back

Lyrics: JJ Grey &#8260; Music: JJ Grey
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  posted on 4/10/2008 at 07:26 PM


We used to catch them by the hundreds and actually make a decent night light, always had to let them go at bedtime though...so we could find them again tommorrow according to my mom.

We still have them here in Spartanburg, not as dense as they used to be, I am assuming because of the increased use of pesticides. I know we used to have thounds of honey bees in the cherry trees this time of year, and today I saw about 5 bees, and they were all full sized, not a baby in the crowd.

Still early for the fireflies here, it is probally a little warmer where you are from Kenny, but we always get "june bugs" (japaneese bettles) right before the fire lies.

I know they are here on the 4th of july cause I can always remember it not getting dark till after 9:00 and wanting to get the amature explosives going.

 

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  posted on 4/10/2008 at 07:35 PM
I Love Lightening Bugs (that's what we called them as kids where I grew up, too, Kenny)! We used to capture them and try to keep them sustained in jars with holes punched into their lids (not much luck with this ). Another thing we used to do (any firefly's should leave this thread immediately! ) is pull off their light thingees and make 'jewelry' ... rings, belly-button jewels, bindis for our foreheads, and probably a couple of bracelets when we were really motivated. I get a lot of firefly's in my yard and love when they make their first appearances - it's like a sign that summer is really here (and always takes me back to those sweet summer nights of childhood)

Interesting firefly fact. Was camping in the Smokies once and discovered when night fell that we were next to a field that was loaded with synchronous fireflies. This is a species of fireflies found only in the Smokies and the only type of fireflies that synch their lighting patterns with each other. It was a trip to watch this! I think I read that it is a male/female thing - the males calling for attention and the females answering. It was an amazing discovery

June bugs always creep me out! Crunchy little critters that fly into your hair.

Besides my firefly mutilation as a child I can also remember climbing up into a tree in our back yard and pulling the wings off locusts.

 

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  posted on 4/10/2008 at 07:42 PM
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Besides my firefly mutilation as a child I can also remember climbing up into a tree in our back yard and pulling the wings off locusts.



Cicadas (katie dids) are the thing that makes it hot and sticky . Love it when they gets to singin'.

 

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  posted on 4/10/2008 at 07:46 PM
I lived in a projects in a small town right outside of Newark, N.J.
Grew up in the 60's as youngster. Catching lightning bugs was what we did for fun
Actually had contests for the most caught in a single night. Memories of those days never
tire. Because it was the projects where we lived, there was always alot of kids participating
in the hunt. Man, things were simpler then, you could get a game of just about anything
team tag,ringy, asses up , handball,baseball, football, basketball, whatever,it was a great place to grow up as a kid and lightning bugs, never fireflies will always be a fond memory of my youth

 

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  posted on 4/10/2008 at 07:54 PM
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Cicadas (katie dids) are the thing that makes it hot and sticky . Love it when they gets to singin'.
Me too, JR - no longer crawling out on those branches to rip any wings off. I think their sound is kind of soothing.

 

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I lived in a projects in a small town right outside of Newark, N.J.
Grew up in the 60's as youngster. Catching lightning bugs was what we did for fun
Actually had contests for the most caught in a single night. Memories of those days never
tire. Because it was the projects where we lived, there was always alot of kids participating
in the hunt. Man, things were simpler then, you could get a game of just about anything
team tag,ringy, asses up , handball,baseball, football, basketball, whatever,it was a great place to grow up as a kid and lightning bugs, never fireflies will always be a fond memory of my youth


Oh Man! Asses UP!!! My brothers use to kill me in that game. Im from NJ also

 

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  posted on 4/10/2008 at 08:31 PM
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Thats what we used to call them. Although I never saw a lightning bolt come out of one. :-).

I remember when I was a kid, they were everywhere in the "country" at night. We used to catch them in jars when I was a little boy. We thought that if we got enough, we could use the jar like a lantern..haha.

I never see them anymore, how bout you folks...did you still see them where you live ?

We also used to tie and string around a June Bugs leg and it would fly around and around.

Kids...........



I'm with you ODR. That's my memory exactly ! Haven't seen any this year yet..but it's kinda early.. Incidently I live in Cherokee County Ga, Your'e in Cobb.. right?

 

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  posted on 4/10/2008 at 08:32 PM
Fireflies make their appearence in June here in NYC.
Today I saw my first butterfly of the season :-)

 

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  posted on 4/10/2008 at 08:38 PM
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07.03.1997 Get Back To Nature To Chase Fireflies, UF Expert Says
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Cindy Spence

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James Lloyd (352) 392-1901, ext. 124




GAINESVILLE---If you want to know where all the fireflies have gone, the world's leading
authority on them has some advice: Look for them.

But you may have to look farther than your back yard.

University of Florida entomologist James Lloyd has spent his life "chasing fireflies," as he calls his
work, and can tell you where to find dozens of species, including one named after him.

Here in the nation's Firefly Belt, from the Big Bend area of North Florida to the Okefenokee
Swamp in South Georgia, there are plenty of fireflies to see. So why is firefly chasing becoming
an endangered rite of childhood?

Lloyd says there are many reasons people perceive that fireflies are vanishing, and it's possible
that none of them have to do with the actual disappearance of fireflies.

In an increasingly urban world, there is more light pollution. Reluctant to compete with street
lamps, automobile headlights and security lights, fireflies sometimes flee suburbia.

And then there are cultural changes. On long summer evenings of yesteryear, parents and children
were outside in the vanishing hours of daylight, sharing stories with neighbors over the back fence,
chatting on front porches. Children ran free, chasing fireflies and collecting them in empty Mason
jars to put by their beds.

Today, people are more apt to be indoors at dusk, locked behind doors and watching television.

City dwellers with more natural lawns may see fireflies from time to time and there are plenty to
be seen in rural areas. Lloyd says fireflies like minimally disturbed habitats like woodlands and
marshes.

As nocturnal as Count Dracula but much more benign, Lloyd waits for sunset then turns such
remote habitats into classrooms for Advanced Biology with Fireflies, one of the most popular
classes in UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. He thinks it is these firefly safaris in the
dark that prompt the waiting list for the class each semester.

"I don't bore them with lectures," Lloyd said. "I just chase fireflies and with these honors
students I have a lot of good company."

The students gather as dusk falls and head to Lloyd's tried and true firefly-viewing venues. Most
say they take the class because of Lloyd's reputation for making learning fun and for a chance to
chase lightningbugs and take part in a summer ritual as old as time.

Lloyd has studied fireflies for 35 years and said there is little hard data to show that fireflies are
vanishing.

"Yet, from circumstantial evidence, there's no reason to believe they haven't dwindled, with
urbanization, pollution and lower water tables," Lloyd said.

There are species that thrive in disturbed spaces, he says, but many do not, and it is diversity of
the species that is threatened.

"Possibly some species are gone that we didn't even know we had," Lloyd said.

The chemical that makes fireflies light up has a medical use and has even prompted harvesting of
fireflies in the Midwest. Although they have few natural enemies, human enemies who are paid
for each firefly tail probably have made a huge dent in some populations, Lloyd said. One woman
reportedly is responsible for capturing a million fireflies single-handedly.

Firefly tails contain the chemical, luciferin, and the enzyme, luciferase. These molecules help in
coding genes, testing food for bacterial contamination and measuring effectiveness of some drugs
in treating tumors, among other applications.

In harvesting fireflies for medical research, some rarer species may be inadvertently harmed,
Lloyd says. For protection, they may have to rely on the goodwill of generations with fond
memories of chasing lightningbugs on summer evenings.

"People seem to really like these things, kind of like they do dinosaurs," Lloyd said.

"Imagine, before the days of electricity, how bright the flash of a firefly was. It must have been
really mysterious," Lloyd said. "These little insects are truly amazing."

 

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Thats what we used to call them. Although I never saw a lightning bolt come out of one. :-).

I remember when I was a kid, they were everywhere in the "country" at night. We used to catch them in jars when I was a little boy. We thought that if we got enough, we could use the jar like a lantern..haha.

I never see them anymore, how bout you folks...did you still see them where you live ?

We also used to tie and string around a June Bugs leg and it would fly around and around.

Kids...........



I'm with you ODR. That's my memory exactly ! Haven't seen any this year yet..but it's kinda early.. Incidently I live in Cherokee County Ga, Your'e in Cobb.. right?


Yep..did not know you were so close.

 

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  posted on 4/10/2008 at 09:00 PM
peepers are singing here , my son caught his first frog of the season today.

 

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  posted on 4/10/2008 at 09:04 PM
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Ours don't come until June.

I think the drought conditions down your way have lowered the population a bit Kenny.




Fire flys in June John, at least in North Jersey where I grew up..still have stong memories of collecting them with my oldest on my parents front yard.

 

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  posted on 4/10/2008 at 09:32 PM
My buddy has about 80 acres in Quebec and there are thousands in his fields. I almost put myself to bed early a few years ago because of them. I thought maybe I was the only one seeing them. It was wild.

 

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  posted on 4/10/2008 at 09:39 PM
Yes I do, out on the eastern part of Long Island. We call them lightening Bugs when I was growin up , but we also called them fireflies , too Kenny..

 

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  posted on 4/11/2008 at 04:54 AM
lightning bugs....not to many around here anymore but when I go to my house in Costa Rica...they are everywhere!

 

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  posted on 4/11/2008 at 06:29 AM
Tons here in NY still. Our area is dark so we see them by the hundreds in the summer. Still get a kick out of them after all theses years.
 

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  posted on 4/11/2008 at 07:22 AM
I have two daughters, ages 5 & 7. They go out at dusk with their little mesh bug cages and, with daddy's help, catch about 20 fireflies a night. Our neighbors have bushes where they live and they are ours for the taking. Or, should I say borrowing. We bring them home and watch them for about 30 minutes in the dark, and then let them go home to their families. Well, that's what my kids think. They probably do as long as the bats don't get them!
 
 


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