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Old 05-26-2013, 09:37 PM   #1
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fireflies or lightning bugs?

What do you call them and do you have them in your area? Just sitting on our back porch watching them, feeling the last cool air we'll have for a while and smelling the sweet fragrance of our lower bay magnolias in bloom. The simple things in life...

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Old 05-26-2013, 09:43 PM   #2
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What do you call them and do you have them in your area? Just sitting on our back porch watching them, feeling the last cool air we'll have for a while and smelling the sweet fragrance of our lower bay magnolias in bloom. The simple things in life...
I call them lightning bugs. I love sitting outside on the deck at night when they're out putting on a show.
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:43 PM   #3
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Lightning Bugs!!

One of my most favorite things about summer!!

I remember, as a little girl, catching lightning bugs in old mayonnaise jars or mason jars & then keeping them in my bedroom that night and watching them blink on & off!

There's nothing like running barefoot through the summer night catching lightning bugs! And we've passed the tradition down to our own kids!!

Sitting on the porch... watching the lightning bugs blink on & off... summer in the south!!
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:44 PM   #4
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Lightening bugs!!! The only bug I looked for growing up

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Old 05-26-2013, 09:47 PM   #5
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Lightning Bugs. The only kind of bugs that won't eat you alive outside at night
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:49 PM   #6
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Lightning bugs.......one of my favorite things of summer. I used to tell my boys that they were stars going up to the sky.
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:51 PM   #7
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Lightening bugs here in NJ. We get them but not until later in the summer - July & August. I remember as a kid having it be a big treat to be able to stay up late enough to catch them. My mom is a morning person and with 4 little kids we were usually put to bed before dark.
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:56 PM   #8
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Lightning Bugs!!

One of my most favorite things about summer!!

I remember, as a little girl, catching lightning bugs in old mayonnaise jars or mason jars & then keeping them in my bedroom that night and watching them blink on & off!

There's nothing like running barefoot through the summer night catching lightning bugs! And we've passed the tradition down to our own kids!!

Sitting on the porch... watching the lightning bugs blink on & off... summer in the south!!
Same here! Always loved those lightnin' bugs!
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:02 PM   #9
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We call them both. I just asked DS14 "what do you call those little bugs with the butts that light up?" and he said "Firefly-lightning bugs?" So, I'm not the only one who uses both interchangeably.
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:03 PM   #10
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What do you call them and do you have them in your area? Just sitting on our back porch watching them, feeling the last cool air we'll have for a while and smelling the sweet fragrance of our lower bay magnolias in bloom. The simple things in life...
Lightning bugs here in KC, but they won't show up until later in June. I also like the cicadas, which get very loud here. We always called those zizzer (sp?) bugs. I love summer.
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:11 PM   #11
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Here in Western NC and Tennessee they are Fireflies. For two weeks in June, in the Elkmont section of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park they actually blink in unison. I know it sounds crazy...but it is true.

This only happens in the park and in Bali, and the fireflies congregate in the forests and fields for about 2 weeks in early June. For the first few days it takes them awhile to achieve the unison, but by the mid point in the two week stretch they literally do blink together.

You can take a shuttle bus from the Sugarland Visitor center to the forest right near the Elkmont campground. From their they give you a red cellophane to put over your flashlight...so as not to disturb the fireflies.....and you can walk really deep into the woods down a road. Find a spot, sit and wait until it is totally dark. Then.....a flash of light, and it is dark again. This continues all night long and it is amazing. The light is so bright that it lights up like a flash of lightning.

If you ever have an opportunity to get to the GSMNP.....in June, you have to try to see this amazing spectacle.

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Old 05-26-2013, 10:13 PM   #12
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I use them interchangeably.
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:19 PM   #13
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Here in Western NC and Tennessee they are Fireflies. For two weeks in June, in the Elkmont section of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park they actually blink in unison. I know it sounds crazy...but it is true.

This only happens in the park and in Bali, and the fireflies congregate in the forests and fields for about 2 weeks in early June. For the first few days it takes them awhile to achieve the unison, but by the mid point in the two week stretch they literally do blink together.

You can take a shuttle bus from the Sugarland Visitor center to the forest right near the Elkmont campground. From their they give you a red cellophane to put over your flashlight...so as not to disturb the fireflies.....and you can walk really deep into the woods down a road. Find a spot, sit and wait until it is totally dark. Then.....a flash of light, and it is dark again. This continues all night long and it is amazing. The light is so bright that it lights up like a flash of lightning.

If you ever have an opportunity to get to the GSMNP.....in June, you have to try to see this amazing spectacle.

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I have heard of this and it's on my bucket list. Love the Smokey mountains. One if my favorite places.
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:22 PM   #14
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I grew up in the Midwest and we called them lightening bugs. Some of my favorite memories as a child is watching and catching them. We live in Alaska now, sadly no lightening bugs here. I took my son to visit family in Missouri and went to catch lightening bugs, but my son wouldn't go through the tall grass through the trees
To chase them- he was too worried about bears, wolves, and moose. He didn't quite get that we weren't in Alaska anymore! Lol!
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:27 PM   #15
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I've actually just always called them "light bugs" for some reason. Maybe that's how I heard "lightning bug" as a child, or it's what they were called in my part of Oklahoma.
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