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Old 07-15-2019, 06:45 AM   #1
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Default Crayfish and Fireflies

A response on the "rodent" post reminded me: we found a healthy crayfish the other day and there have been loads of fireflies each night, two creatures we've not seen much of in the past few years.

My son wanted to use the crayfish for bait, but I talked to him about conservation and how eagle, firefly, and loon populations were rare most of my childhood but now, with protection, they're healthier. He let "Cray Cray" out in a nice leafy area.

As a parent, it's cool when these moments for learning present themselves organically.

Now, if we can only save the bees...

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A firefly, aka lightning bug, visited us on East Bear Island last night. On Saturday night, we were treated to a variety of loon calls coming through the darkness.
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I think "lightning bug" is a more appropriate term for the hundreds of bright white lighted bugs we have seen this year. I do not recall a prior year when they were so numerous or so bright.
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"lightning bug" is a more appropriate term...
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Can you please explain the lightning bug map?

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Can you please explain the lightning bug map?

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Oops, posted the one without info. The blue is where (most) people use "firefly," the red is where people use "lightning bug."

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I grew up in a “lightning bug” area...now I go between blue and purple. Just what I needed, something else to obsess about.
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While growing up in the solid red Hoosier State, we would catch lightning bugs in a jar, screw on the lid which had holes punched in it, and use it as a lantern. After a drive along country roads with fields teeming with these flashing insects on either side, your windshield would almost glow with numerous unfortunate bugs. Now living in the solid blue Granite State, we see fireflies at home and on Bear Island. 🐻
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A response on the "rodent" post reminded me: we found a healthy crayfish the other day and there have been loads of fireflies each night, two creatures we've not seen much of in the past few years. My son wanted to use the crayfish for bait, but I talked to him about conservation and how eagle, firefly, and loon populations were rare most of my childhood but now, with protection, they're healthier. He let "Cray Cray" out in a nice leafy area. As a parent, it's cool when these moments for learning present themselves organically. Now, if we can only save the bees...
Back in June, while navigating our "sandy beach" by foot, I found the cast-off exoskeleton of a crayfish. While not particularly unusual, the big claws were blue!

It HAS been awhile...

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