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Monday, July 2, 2018

Best Fireworks Display

Photo from Wikimedia Commons
I believe the best fireworks display is the quiet one that takes place in every mid-Michigan backyard from June-September. Of course I'm talking about the light show from fireflies. Males announce their presence to females by lighting up, and if the female is interested, she returns the flashing pattern to signal the male to come closer.

To thrive fireflies need a green space with low light pollution and no insecticides. Fireflies can't compete with brightly lit urban areas. And there is a noticeable decline in firefly populations due to overuse of broad-spectrum insecticides.

I like the relaxing random flashes of our species of fireflies but there are some species that gather in swarms and synchronize their flashing. Watch the video: https://youtu.be/QCWkzQqO7Ro?t=2m29s
Related Articles:
Flashdance: The Fireflies Mating Ritual https://lansingwbu.blogspot.com/2009/06/i-see-fireflys.html
When do lightning bugs appear in Michigan? https://lansingwbu.blogspot.com/2011/06/when-do-lightning-bugs-appear-in.html

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