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JeanTate

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Fireflies (and lighting bugs)
« on: June 27, 2014, 01:10:59 am »
Nothing to do with astronomy, so I'm starting this thread in the Cafe at the end of the Universe.

The fireflies (or lightning bugs) are out tonight. Always worth some quiet time to sit and watch them. Here, they're yellow.

Do you have fireflies where you live? Is this the time of year/day when they're most active? Do you have fireflies which glow green? orange? red? (or just yellow?)

Nothing to do with astronomy Maybe not  :P The SDSS telescope is at Apache Point, New Mexico. Do they have fireflies too? Do any fireflies fly high enough (and are out late enough) to show up in an SDSS image? Might some #satellitetrails actually be local fireflies?

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Re: Fireflies (and lighting bugs)
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2014, 05:03:05 am »
Alas, I have no seen lighting bugs for decades !! You are lucky  :)
I heard that these lighting bugs have the same problem than bees.... Exact ? Or not ?..

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Re: Fireflies (and lighting bugs)
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2014, 05:36:04 am »
Alas, no, there are no lightning bugs in the west. :-\ :(

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Re: Fireflies (and lighting bugs)
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2014, 01:38:50 pm »
Alas, no, there are no lightning bugs in the west. :-\ :(

I can, unfortunately, confirm this. :(
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Re: Fireflies (and lighting bugs)
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2014, 02:07:39 pm »
Vanishing Firefly Project
Fireflies- Are they disappearing? If so, why?
http://www.clemson.edu/public/rec/baruch/firefly_project/

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Re: Fireflies (and lighting bugs)
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2014, 02:14:14 pm »
FIREFLY WATCH- A Citizen Science Project
Museum of Science, Boston
https://legacy.mos.org/fireflywatch/about_firefly_watch

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Re: Fireflies (and lighting bugs)
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2014, 09:17:12 pm »
Hmmm - pity the Scottish Midge wouldn't disappear.......

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Re: Fireflies (and lighting bugs)
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2014, 09:24:53 pm »
Hmmm - pity the Scottish Midge wouldn't disappear.......


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Re: Fireflies (and lighting bugs)
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2014, 06:23:02 am »
I did some reading on this several years ago, and I demonstrate glow-worms and fireflies in my "Day and Night" astronomy shows.

Glow-worms need dead carcasses to eat from, so don't tidy away dead mice!

Scotland Glow-worms, a few reported in Scotland on a few occasions
Fireflies - none in Scotland, too cold? doesn't get dark in summer, how can beetles see each other flash?

England  Glow-worms, a few in national parks in England,
but no Fireflies

France, northern France Brittany
I saw two glow-worms in 2003.

Southern Ontario 1960s
I remember seeing a few fireflies on hot summer nights.