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Two Fireflies

Two Fireflies

The firefly, otherwise known as the Lightning Bug, is what I believe to be one of God's most fascinating creations. I have memories as a kid running around after dark chasing these tiny blinking lights that were dashing and moving about. Especially when we were at the lake or out in the middle of a pasture by a pond, there would be so many of them twinkling everywhere among the brush and bushes.. How beautiful they were and so magical to watch! I don't recall ever catching them and putting them in a jar like others have because I rarely ever caught one. They seemed to move so quickly plus I was too afraid that if I tried to grab one that I would probably squash it to death but I did love to chase them around and watch them do their "dance".

Firefly in Daylight

Firefly in Daylight

What is a Firefly?

The firefly is actually a type of beetle that has wings and one of the more common ones in North America looks sort of like a sunflower seed. It's formal name is Lampyridae. There are actually many different types of them from all around the world but many of those live in North America. In general, fireflies prefer darker, humid areas. They seem to gravitate toward water, like around ponds or lakes. In many species both the female and the male can fly but in some species only the male can fly. The most fascinating thing about the firefly is their ability to light up but it is interesting to note that not all species of fireflies light up.

Why do Fireflies light up?

Fireflies are one of the most fascinating in the bug family because of their use of bioluminescence. This is just a fancy word for 'light that is emitted from a living organism'. The light comes on as a result of a chemical reaction and is located under the lower abdomen of the firefly. The light is referred to as "cold light" because it does not produce heat. The light is used for a couple of different purposes. One of the main reasons they emit the light is to attract mates. Each species actually has its own flash pattern to attract mates of the same species. This helps the males and females to recognize one another. The other reason for the light is to warn enemies to stay away. The color of the light can be yellow, green or a very pale red and one species even has a bluish light. Even the larvae of a firefly glows and this is what some people refer to as a glow worm.

Firefly or Lightning Bug as some call them.

Firefly or Lightning Bug as some call them.

When do Fireflies come out?

Firefly larvae live underground through the winter and they start to grow in the Spring and emerge in early summer to mate. There is a period of about two weeks and it varies from year to year, which is the fireflies mating season. Scientists do not know why it varies so much but they think that temperature and soil moisture may have something to do with it. After mating, female fireflies lay their eggs in moist soil or under the moist bark of a tree and larvae hatches from the eggs in about 4 weeks and continue to develop through several stages until they finally emerge for mating season. This cycle typically takes about two years!

Great Firefly Video!

Have You Seen any Fireflies lately?

An increasing concern and for reasons that are not fully understood, fireflies are getting more and more scant not only across the United States but also around world. I have been looking for them every summer for years with no luck. The last time I saw one was about three years ago. It was dusk and I was walking to my car to go home from a meeting, beside the building was a small field and I noticed a little blinking light dancing around and realized it was a firefly! I started to feel all giddy and looked around thinking that surely there must be more of them but I was wrong. There was only one firefly. I was happy to know that they were not completely gone but I still can't help but wonder what has happened to all of our beautiful fireflies.

Multiple fireflies dancing around..

Multiple fireflies dancing around..

What is Happening to the Fireflies?

There are several theories as to why the fireflies are disappearing. Here are a few of the more common theories:

  • Mosquito Control- Many cities and towns have special trucks that drive the streets in the neighborhoods and spray large doses of insecticide into the air which is supposed to help control the mosquitoes. A theory is that the insecticides could be killing the fireflies.
  • Wacky Weather- The weather these past few years as been increasingly erratic especially here in Texas. We do not have much of a spring anymore. It just goes from cold to hot basically. Are the fireflies having a hard time adjusting to changes in weather patterns? Fireflies do only dwell in certain conditions. They tend to stay around areas that are warm and humid so perhaps it's just too hot for them or maybe the humidity level is either too low or high. Maybe it has changed too much and they just can't adapt?
  • Lighting- Some people think maybe it is the lights in the city that is causing the fireflies not to see each others light patterns during mating season but fireflies have been seen inside city limits for years so apparently they do not have to have pitch dark in order to see each other to mate.
  • Fire Ants- It is said that fire ants could be to blame for the disappearance of fireflies because they are known to eat the larvae of fireflies. Since the firefly larvae do live in the soil, it makes them a suitable snack for the fire ants.

Beautiful Fireflies

Lightening Bugs

Lightening Bugs

Lots of Fireflies

Lots of Fireflies

Make a Firefly Habitat

Through data and research, it is suggested that fireflies tend to come back year after year to the same place. So if you are able to attract fireflies, you may be able to continue to have them return year after year, even if Joe Blow down the street never sees them in his yard at all. According to, here are a few things that you can do to create a firefly habitat:

  • Since they prefer darker places, try to keep any lights off on the exterior of your home at night. Also, shut the blinds or shades to minimize any light that comes from inside the house.
  • Plant trees in your yard and if you already have trees, leave some of the fallen leaves and litter from the trees. Some species of larvae live under the bark of moist logs and under the litter of trees. Pine trees are ideal because they provide a lot of shade plus and they have a lot of litter accumulation.
  • Most species of fireflies love to be around standing water so you may consider putting in a small pond or even a small stream or other water feature but make sure to avoid using any chlorine. It is suggested that fireflies eat the smaller insects, grubs and snails that thrive in natural ponds and streams.
  • Avoid using an pesticides on your lawn and only use natural fertilizers.
  • Don't over mow your yard. Fireflies prefer to be around long grasses. Try to incorporate a few patches of long grass into your landscape.
  • If you don't already have them, introduce earth worms. Firefly larvae love devouring them. You can buy them in bulk at places online and also at bait shops, since they are used a lot for fishing bait.
  • If you have neighbors, talk to your neighbors about your concern over the decreasing numbers of fireflies. Maybe they will hop on board and make some changes as well. The more people that get involved and make these changes, the more likely you will be seeing fireflies once again in your neighborhood.

How About You?

If you are interested in learning more about the fireflies, please visit It is a great website packed full of information about them. I can not help but ask, have you seen any fireflies in your neck of the woods lately? Please feel free to share in the comments section. Hopefully I have brought some awareness to the dwindling number of fireflies in our nation and around the world. I would love to hear your comments about fireflies or maybe you have a fond memory that you would like to share :0)

UPDATE 5/23/2012 :

I am happy to report that a few nights ago when I was dropping my stepdaughter off at her home in a suburb outside of Dallas TX, I saw some fireflies scattered here and there as I drove down the street in her neighborhood and then got to see a few in her yard. Yay! At least this time it wasn't just one :)


angie perry on July 16, 2018:

Last year I only saw a handful here in northern Vermont, this year I was delighted at the better showing of them. I didn’t grow up with them, I’m so a kid when I see them. Ty for your info share!

Mike Parker on June 13, 2018:

I have a spot where you can go just after dark mid June where you can see hundreds of lightning bugs, as we call them in North Carolina, they seem to come out of the ground and blink off and on in synchronization.

donniew on May 23, 2018:

Back in the 70s I was stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base. One evening my wife and I and our young daughter decided to go out and catch some fireflies in a meadow near our home. I brought a jar with a lid and went out into the meadow and captured a few fireflies. When I return to the car I removed the lid and low and behold one flew up my nose. My wife and daughter got a big kick out of my nose lighting up like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer only mine lit up a brilliant chartreuse color. My daughter, now in her late forties, still reminds me of that day every once in awhile.

Dee on June 20, 2017:

for the past week 1/2 my 4 year old and I have been catching & releasing firefly's in our backyard. We live in an Ohio suburb. I love to see them and was so excited to share one of my fondest childhood memories of running around trying to catch them. They do only start showing at dusk and as soon as its dark they are gone. I'm sad to read they are diminishing

anita on June 17, 2017:

Yes, we have fireflies every summer. They aren't as plentiful as they used to be. My husband and I sit out in the evening and watch them. They come out at dusk and go away after about ten minutes after full darkness. I don't remember that happening before a couple of years ago. Back in the fifties, as a child we would catch fireflies for what seemed like hours. My grandmother had huge crepe myrtle bushes, and that's where we found the most fireflies. They are one of my favorite things in the whole wide world. They are just here to be beautiful. Come to Tennessee to see our fireflies! In the Smokey Mountains National Park the park rangers have a place for you to sit and watch fireflies. We live in west TN, and we have fireflies too, but I doubt if they are as plentiful as they are in the Smokies.

Michael on June 04, 2017:

My name is Michael I'm from Dearborn Heights Michigan and I haven't seen a lot like I used to when I was a kid

Benkaminskas904 on April 27, 2017:

My name is Ben I'm from Middleburg Florida and I see them every night. Are they still disappearing

Gregory on April 25, 2017:

I live east of McKinney, Tx in the country. I'm amazed at how many fireflies I see this time of year on my property. I sit outside on the patio in the evening and enjoy the light show! I only use organic products and have planted a bunch of trees over the years.

Mary Conaway on September 15, 2016:

I used to catch them all the time as a kid-and I grew up in the city!( Cleveland) I haven't seen one in many tears and really miss their beauty!

Mieko on August 01, 2016:

growing up in central Maryland, in Anne Arundel County, with a 250 yard long field outside our fence. Almost any of the warmer months you could see a light show with hundreds of dancing. The past half a decade you are lucky to see more then a handful the whole year. Rather disappointing really. An my yard has a 5 acre field, 2 acres of woods, with a stream through it, as well as a hundred foot long pool, that has been a frog pond for 5 years, and is opaque with dark green color. So I have a great habitat for them, plus there is a low light pollution in my new Baltimore county residence. Hope that one day they flourish in numbers. Until then, I merely have memories, and Hopes for mychild's generation.

Tami on July 16, 2016:

I live in Middle Tennessee and they're very prevalent around here! They came out sometime in May and are still going strong in July! My 10-year old son and I love watching and catching lightning bugs!

Deb on June 12, 2016:

Last year I saw thousands of fireflies out one night, it was the most magnificent thing I have ever seen, magical and amazing to watch. I could have stood along the roadside for hours watching them. The location had everything you said, very dark because it is a small little town, tall grasses, lots of trees and a slow moving creek with some little ponds areas. Its a little town called Italy, NY. I hope to see them again this year and take my 80 year old mom since she talks about all the fireflies she used to see as kid growing up in a small farming town in Iowa on the Mississippi river. I wish I had caught it on video for the world to see!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 16, 2015:

TahminasTake- Thank you so much for dropping by! They really are beautiful to watch.. I hope that you will be able to see them some time :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 16, 2015:

Kristen Howe, Thank you so much for dropping by! Glad you enjoyed the hub :)

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 30, 2015:

Beautiful hub, Jamie. I haven't seen fireflies in a long time. Voted up for beautiful!

Tahmina Khatun on June 15, 2015:

I have never seen fireflies in real life, but they look so magnificent. Can only enjoy the videos and pictures. But they definitely add some magic and hope to the scene, and maybe because of their glow.

Anyway, I really enjoyed your post and keep at it!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on November 02, 2012:

TycoonSam - Shed some light.. hehe.. I was always too scared to try to catch them to put in jars.. they were so fast and was afraid I would squish them trying. How cute that you used to take them to bed with you.. I do imagine they would make a great night light :) Thank you for dropping by!

TycoonSam from Washington, MI on November 01, 2012:

Jamie, Thank you for shedding some light on the subject of fireflies. No pun intended...

I do remember catching them as a kid and putting them in a mason jar and taking them to bed with me. When it wouldn't flash for a long period of time I would shake the jar and sure enough it would shed some light...sorry.

Voted up and interesting

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 29, 2012:

rajan jolly - Thank you.. so glad you enjoyed it! I agree.. they really are as fascinating as the twinkling of stars. I miss seeing them so much. Thank you for the vote up, positive feedback and for sharing!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 28, 2012:

Well Jamie, I haven't seen fireflies lately, not even one. But years back when I was staying in the countryside, I did see hordes of them. They are indeed a fascinating sight to behold. Like the twinkling of stars!

Beautiful hub. Your dividers are absolutely amazing and blend so well with the topic in this hub.

Voting up, beautiful and sharing.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on August 29, 2012:

epigramman- Wow, what a beautiful comment, thank you! I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed my firefly hub :) I agree that nature gives many gifts of beauty and the firefly is definitely one of them. You are so lucky to live so close to the lake.. I have heard Lake Erie is gorgeous! Thank you for dropping by my hub and many blessings to you :)

epigramman on August 28, 2012:

...oh dear me Jamie my heart is beating with delight after reading your most magic hub and it reminds me of all the times I've seen fireflies create ballet in the night air - as I live 100 feet away from lake erie and have the pleasure of being so close to nature and its many gifts of beauty - well like this hub - it's a gift of beauty - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 10:07pm with the almost full moon in the sky

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on August 11, 2012:

billybuc- LOL! I know it, Bill. I should write about something else sometimes, should I?! Thank you for dropping by... I love the Fireflies.. they are one of my favorite things in the world.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 11, 2012:

I had to find a hub that wasn't about crafts, Jamie, because I don't have a craft bone in my body. Great hub! We don't have them here in Washington but I do miss them from my childhood days. Great suggestion about making a habitat for them. Loved this hub!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 16, 2012:

tyoungjr- Wow, you are so lucky! I would love to see that many fireflies again.. Thank you so much for dropping by. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub :)

tyoungjr on July 14, 2012:

I live in Alexandria VA, and it must be a pretty magical place. Last month every night about 40-50 fireflies would come out to play and dance a beautiful number. Great post!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 09, 2012:

eHealer- Thank you so very much.. I really appreciate that!!

Deborah from Las Vegas on July 09, 2012:

This hub is absolutely famous! Great conversations and very interesting. I have emailed this one to lots of people that love it! Thanks!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 09, 2012:

givans1980- Yes, it looks like you are in the same boat I am. I realized I hadn't seen them in years when I wanted my 4 year old son to see some and couldn't find any. For a long time, I just never did really look for them but when I did want to see them they were gone :( Now, I miss them terribly... and wish they would come back. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Thank you for stopping by!

givans1980@yahoo. from Blackwell, OK on July 08, 2012:

I thought maybe I was just imagining that there weren't as many fireflies. I remember they used to be all over the place in OK. This year, I've only seen two. How sad. I love fireflies!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 07, 2012:

MikeR1- Thank you, I am glad that you stopped by! I bet your grandparent's cottage was absolutely beautiful with all the fireflies glowing... I would have loved to have seen that. We used to have a lot of them here but I'm sure there were even more in the area you are talking about and probably still is. It's just one more reason why I need to get the heck out of Texas LOL! Yes, hopefully things will change, and the fireflies will return again. I think it's possible. They are too beautiful not to be seen. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your childhood firefly memories :0)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 07, 2012:

CarlySullens- It's nice to hear this hub brought back good memories for you. It's those memories of my own that inspired me to write it. I miss them so much, too. Thank you so much for stopping by and I'm with you- I hope they come back ten folds. You never know, it could happen :) Take care!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 07, 2012:

anusujith- Thank you! I am glad that you enjoyed it.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 07, 2012:

midget38- Thank you for dropping by.. I wish I could take credit for the photos but they are various photos from Flickr creative commons.. but yes, the photos are amazing! The boat ride you were describing sounds amazing. I bet it was a beautiful sight to behold seeing all those lights along the river!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 07, 2012:

urmilashukla23- Thank you, I feel very honored to receive HOTD. Yes, fireflies are amazing creatures for sure! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Thank you for stopping by and for the vote up!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 07, 2012:

MargaritaEden- Thank you for stopping by and for such nice compliment! I'm glad this hub brought up happy memories for you :) I feel very honored to have gotten HOTD... take care!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 07, 2012:

Hui- I'm happy that this hub brought up some memories for you that had been forgotten. It sounds like you are in the same boat I am.. though I did get to see a few of them not too long ago. Thank you for visiting my hub.. and best of luck to you :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 07, 2012:

internpete- Thank you, it was such a wonderful surprise to see this hub got HOTD, I feel very honored! How wonderful that you are getting to see fireflies every night. You are so lucky!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 07, 2012:

Peggy W- Hi Peggy, I had no idea about the larvae eating earthworms either! Sounds disgusting LOL! Anyway, I think the mosquito spraying probably does have something to do with them not being around much anymore but in cases where the West Nile Virus have been detected, it's definitely understandable- we have had a few cases turn up here too.

Anyway, nobody really knows for sure why they are decreasing so much. I wish we could figure it out and come up with some kind of solution.

Thank you for the vote up, positive feedback and for sharing!

MikeR1 from Denver, CO on July 07, 2012:

I enjoyed reading your hub about fireflies and found it very informative. When I was growing up, each summer we would go to my grandparent's cottage in upstate NY that we called the lake. There were fireflies everywhere at night. We also called them lightning bugs. I would catch them all the time and put them in a jar and then let them go later. Upstate NY, not far above the Hudson River, had the perfect climate setting for them as you described in your hub. When I've visited relatives in New England and New Jersey here and there over the last few summers, I don't recall seeing the fireflies like I did as a child, but hope that will all change.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 07, 2012:

donnah75- Oh my Goodness, it sounds beautiful where you live..I'm sure the darkness has something to do with them staying around there. You are so lucky to be able to see them so often! Thank you for dropping by and for the vote up! I really appreciate it :)

Carly Sullens from St. Louis, Missouri on July 07, 2012:

I miss these little guys. They are my favorite bug, and bring back so many positive memories. Thank you for an insightful hub. I hope they do come back ten folds.

Anoop Aravind A from Nilambur, Kerala, India on July 07, 2012:

Wow amazing Hub....

Michelle Liew from Singapore on July 06, 2012:

You have really beautiful pictures of fireflies! I remember being on a boat ride in Malaysia and enjoying their presence by the river at night...the light of thousands of them was a sight to behold. I admire the close ups and this is a very informative hub! Thank you.

Urmila from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA on July 06, 2012:

Lightening bugs are really fascinating creatures. Sad they are disappearing. Awesome written hub. Voted up. Congratulations on Hub of the day award!

MargaritaEden from Oregon on July 06, 2012:

Such a wonderful hub! Fireflies are magical, almost unreal, they make me think of my childhood, I made me go back in time, great hub! No wonder it was selected as a hub of the day, you so deserve it!

Hui (蕙) on July 06, 2012:

This is a lovely hub reminding us of something important to us but we have forgotten for a long time. I only have memory of them in my childhood, but haven't seen them for years. Life supplies are becoming more and more, but we are deprived of some necessities.

Peter V from At the Beach in Florida on July 06, 2012:

Nice hub! I live in Michigan currently, and in the last few weeks fireflies have been out every night! There have been lots of them and it has been fun watching them fly about. It is sad that some areas are losing fireflies because they are such fun to watch. Congrats on Hub of the day!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 06, 2012:

Hi Jamie,

I haven't thought about fireflies in quite some time. We always had them in the summertime in Wisconsin where I grew up as a child. Between the wooded areas and the fields, it was ideal for them from what I just read in your hub. I had no idea that the larvae ate earthworms!

We don't have much of a chance of seeing them where we live because our subdivision sprays once a week for mosquitoes. Since West Nile virus has been detected in the area, I am all for that.

Enjoyed this hub. Congrats on HOTD. Voted useful, interesting and will tweet.

Donna Hilbrandt from Upstate New York on July 06, 2012:

We have tons of fireflies where I live. My apartment overlooks a drop in the land, at the bottom of which is a stream and pond. It is all in the middle of a development of apartments and houses. Interestingly though, there are no street lights here, so the only lights are on the buildings. It can get a bit dark at times. Maybe that is part of the reason they stay here. Voted up.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 06, 2012:

The Dirt Farmer- Thank you, I feel so honored to get HOTD and I'm glad that you enjoyed the hub! It really is a mystery why some places have them and some just don't. I think the spraying definitely has something to do with it, though. That you so much for dropping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 06, 2012:

heavvenleigh707- Thank you, It was such a nice surprise today, to learn about it. Glad you liked the hub... I love them so much and miss them too!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 06, 2012:

ishwaryaa22- Thank you :) It is such an honor to get Hub of the Day!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 06, 2012:

eHeeler- You are so welcome..I am so happy to hear this hub sparked some wonderful memories for you.... it did for me as well :) Oh, how I miss the fireflies!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 06, 2012:

laksman011-Thank you, I'm glad this hub brought up nice memories for you. I had not thought about the reason why they lit up either until I started writing the hub...I was happy to learn about it too. Thanks so much for dropping by :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 06, 2012:

polefit- You are so lucky to still be able to see so many fireflies! It's a mystery why some places have them and some don't, these days. I used to see them every night in the Summer when I was a kid but now, I never see them. It's nice to hear they are still around here in Texas though. Thank you for dropping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 06, 2012:

Jennzie- Thank you for the vote up and for are so very lucky to get to see so many fireflies! It seems to be more the southern parts of the US I guess that are seeing the decrease, though there are some other places around the world that are seeing decreased numbers as well. The northern states do not seem near as affected. Thank you so much for dropping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 06, 2012:

Thelma Alberts- Thank you, getting HOTD is truly an honor and thank you for dropping by to read my hub! I'm happy to hear this hub brought up great memories for you. I also understand about seeing only the one firefly, that happened to me too a few years ago. I've heard many similar stories like that. I truly hope they begin to increase in numbers again... they are too fascinating to be so few.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 06, 2012:

whonunuwho- I completely agree. It's a shame that our oceans and air are allowed to be so polluted. Laws should be made and enforced to help preserve our animals and certain insects.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 06, 2012:

huyenchi- Thank you for dropping by! I am glad this hub brought up nice memories for you :)

Jill Spencer from United States on July 06, 2012:

So happy to see my favorite bug featured in a HOTD! When I visited WV a few weeks ago, I was amazed at how many lightning bugs were out in the evenings. We don't have them here in MD like that, but I wish we did. Must be all the spraying. Enjoyed the hub! Congrats on HOTD.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 06, 2012:

Teresa Coppens- Thank you, I feel very honored! I'm glad to hear the fireflies are still very much alive and glowing in your neck of the woods.. you are so lucky!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 06, 2012:

ktrapp- Wow, how lucky you are to be able to see them every night :) I was finally able to see a small scattering of them several weeks ago in the neighborhood where my step-daughter lives when I was dropping her home one night. It had been years since I'd seen more than just one. You mentioned the mystery of the light.. I didn't think about it either until I started writing the hub. They truly are fascinating....Thank you for stopping by!

Heaven L Burkes from The Invincible Heart of Neverland on July 06, 2012:

Wonderful Hub! Fireflies come back! I love them so much. Congrats on the HOTD!!! It's well deserved! :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 06, 2012:

RTalloni, Awww thanks! It was such a nice surprise this morning to learn that I had received HOTD. I'm very grateful :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 06, 2012:

Hi John, How nice...thank you so much! Getting HOTD is truly an honor. It truly made my day :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 06, 2012:

DREAM ON- Thank you, I feel very grateful to get HOTD and I'm so happy that this hub brought up great memories for you! I really don't know if there are any more bugs that glow but I do know there are a few creatures in the sea that do. I read a hub about here, and it was really interesting but can't think of the name of the hub! Anyway, thank you so much for dropping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 06, 2012:

mary615- Thank you, I feel so honored to get HOTD. Also, thank you for the vote up and for sharing! I remember someone else from Florida saying they had not seen them either. It's such a shame, It seems like they should like Florida because they supposedly love humidity so much, but it may be the bugs, like you were saying. Thank you so much for dropping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 06, 2012:

suzettenaples- You are welcome, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub! It sounds like you had a ton of fun with them, just like I did but I was scared to even try to catch one because I was afraid I would squash it LOL! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 06, 2012:

moonlake, Wow! I would have given anything to see that scene in the field.. I bet it really was beautiful! I hate to hear they have decreased but at least it's good you still have a few to look at. I sure do wish they would start increasing in numbers again. Thank you for commenting and for the vote up. Take care!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on July 06, 2012:

Now came back to say a big Congrats on the much deserved hub of the day! Well-done!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 06, 2012:

Shesabutterfly- Thank you! Now that you mention it, I don't remember reading much about it being an issue in the Northern states or at least not as much of an issue. It was interesting to learn that there are some places that get them every year still and that sounds like it's probably the case with your parents and fiance. My best guess is that it really must have something to do with the temperatures and environment. It sounds like both both places you were talking about in Wisconsin and Illinois are optimal environments for them to thrive. Your parents and fiance are so lucky! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing this info.. it's definitely interesting to know :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 06, 2012:

vespawoolf- Thank you for the vote and for sharng, it was a wonderful surprise this morning to see that I had received HOTD! I sure do wish I could see the fireflies like I used to as a child. I'm hoping that things will improve and maybe they will start increasing in numbers again. I'm glad that you found the habitat info useful. Thank you so much for dropping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 06, 2012:

nina64- Thank you :) Thank you for sharing your childhood firefly memories! I'm always trying to catch a little bit of that excitement that I used to have as a child. I agree with you, I think it really must have to do with the weather and especially all the chemicals used these days. Thank you so much for dropping by!

Deborah from Las Vegas on July 06, 2012:

Beautiful fireflies were such a big part of my childhood. You've stirred so many memories with your hub for me. Thank you for such a great gift.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 06, 2012:

Sunshine- Hi, and thank you! I was surprised when I checked my email and saw I had so many comments on this hub and then realized I had gotten HOTD. I feel very honored :) So great to see you and hope you are having a wonderful Summer!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 06, 2012:

mariacolomy- Thank you! I appreciate you stopping by :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 06, 2012:

eHealer- Thank you, I can relate. Sure do wish I could see them again like I used to. Thank you so much for dropping by!

Laxman Kunwor from hamburg on July 06, 2012:

wow this reminds me of my childhood when i used to catch them and place them in my hand and watch them blinking .

at that i had no idea and i never thought why they emit light

but i do know now

miss those graceful moments ,great hub pal :)

polefit on July 06, 2012:

My backyard has been filled with fireflies every night for several months. I live in central Texas. A friend and I were wondering why people don't talk about fireflies more often as they are fascinatingly beautiful. Nice article.

Jenn from Pennsylvania on July 06, 2012:

I love fireflies and catching them! I didn't knew that fireflies were disappearing. I have seen several around here, though I suppose they aren't doing as well in other parts of the country.

Great hub and beautiful pictures! Voted up and shared.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on July 06, 2012:

Congrats on the HOTD! Your hub brings me back my old memories in the 70´s when I was watching a lot of fireflies in our garden in the Philippines. It was amazing. The last time I saw a firefly was when I was in my holiday in my home country 4 months ago. It´s sad to say that it was only one firefly flying on the sky. Thanks for sharing.

whonunuwho from United States on July 06, 2012:

One probable reason for the demise of fire flies is that there is so much pollution and wasteful practices going on world wide and have been for many years. Many species besides the fire fly are disappearing due to poisonous wastes in the water and atmosphere. Big business and ignoring laws and rules concerning dumping and kinds of waste to be dumped, are running rampant, and perhaps it is not too late if we all try to ring the alarm. There simply has to be more enforcement of national and world wide law concerning littering the oceans and fish, and pumping tons of poisonous clouds of filth into the air that we all breathe.

huyenchi from London - Hanoi on July 06, 2012:

Thank you for sharing, you remind me so much of my childhood when fireflies were all around especially in the summer day which electric supplied was suddenly down , we would go out of the house, gathering with our neighbours and telling stories

Teresa Coppens from Ontario, Canada on July 06, 2012:

We have loads of fireflies here in south central Ontario. Every midJune they are out and about mating and then their light is gone. I enjoy their display every year and wish it would last longer. They are beautiful to watch but I am glad they do not seem to be disappearing in our end of the world. Great hub and congratulations on Hub of the Day!

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on July 06, 2012:

I've always found fireflies to be extremely fascinating but have never taken the time to understand why or how they light up. Thanks for solving the mysteries of fireflies. We do have quite a few fireflies in our backyard each night, my dog is particularly confused by them each time she sees a little light flash in the sky. Congratulations on Hub of the Day.

RTalloni on July 06, 2012:

Just stopping back by to say congrats on your Hub of the Day award!

John Sarkis from Winter Haven, FL on July 06, 2012:

Jamie, I loved this hub from the first time I read it 2 months ago. I'm so glad it won HOTD; you're a very talented Lady!



DREAM ON on July 06, 2012:

You bring back great memories as a child.Fireflies were everywhere.Now that you mention it I haven't seen one in years.Very interesting hub.Congratulations on your hub of the day.Are they the only bug that glows?

Mary Hyatt from Florida on July 06, 2012:

Congrats on your HOTD. When I was a kid in S.C., we would catch them and put them in a jar. I haven't seen any where I live in S. Fl. I think insectsides are killing them off.

I voted this Hub UP, and will share.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on July 06, 2012:

This is really an interesting hub. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Thanks for the tips on attracting fireflys. I love them and as a kid I used to run around and collect them - clamp them into jars to watch them light up, but then I'd let them go at the end of the evening/night. I could never keep them overnight for fear they would die. Thanks so much for an engaging hub!

moonlake from America on July 06, 2012:

We have lots of fireflies but I don't think their as thick as they use to be when the kids were young. They had no trouble catching them because there were so many in the yard. We once drove by a field at night in IL and fireflies were everywhere I've never seen so many at once.

Congrats on Hub Of The Day. Voted Up

Cholee Clay from Wisconsin on July 06, 2012:

I had no idea there where places losing fireflies. This was a very informative and well written hub!

In Illinois and Wisconsin were my parents and my fiance live we see fireflies all the time. They are more prevalent at my fiance's place in northern Illinois when we take the dogs out at night there are fireflies everywhere. My parents don't have quite as many as my fiance's place as they live in a small village, but they still have a few at their place in central Wisconsin.

Both houses are home to a variety of pine trees, and other trees as well as flowers. Maybe this helps the fireflies to stay? I know my parents yard also has an abundance of earth warms and we have very few ants:)

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on July 06, 2012:

I also have wonderful childhood memories of watching the night landscape gently glow with the light of fireflies. How sad that they're disappearing, but I appreciate your information about how to create a firefly habitat. Congrats on Hub of the Day! Voted up and shared.

Nina L James from chicago, Illinois on July 06, 2012:

Fantastic hub!!!!! When I was a little girl, my friends and I would catch the fireflies and take off the lights and put them on our faces for decorations. I didn't realize that shortly after doing this, they would die. But I do think that fireflies are fascinating. It's such a shame that all this crazy weather is having such an affect on these creatures. I think that all the pollutants and chemicals is having a destructive affect on them as well. Voted up.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on July 06, 2012:

Hi Jamie! Congrats on your HOTD! This hub is well deserving of the honor. I sure miss fireflies and you brought back so many fun memories for me when you created this hub. Way to go!!

Maria Colomy from Nashville, TN on July 06, 2012:

Fun post. Great images and info. :)

Deborah from Las Vegas on July 06, 2012:

Beautiful and exciting fire flies from my youth, just beautiful.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on June 17, 2012:

bedbugabscond- It's great to see you! Yes, they are actually a type of beetle. I was surprised to learn that too. I don't really care for beetles much but this one is an exception :) I know what you mean about the twinkling of the fireflies at night.. so pretty and magical!

Melody Collins from United States on June 16, 2012:

I didn't know that the firefly was a type of beetle! How interesting. My son caught the first firefly of the year (out of all of the family) about two weeks ago. I love a clear night where the twinkling of hundreds of fireflies fill the air.