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Lightning Bugs

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  1. woodsroad

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    I’m enjoying a bowl of My Own Blend Square Flake, (hat tip Les Young) in a Stanwell Royal Danish 996, as our local Lightning Bug contingent puts on one of the most spectacular displays I’ve ever seen.

    A bit ironic, as there are no lightning bugs in Denmark.

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    Moving on to McClelland’s Frank P. Burla 2016 VaPer. Wish that I had bought 10 tins!

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    as our local Lightning Bug contingent puts on one of the most spectacular displays I’ve ever seen.

    Pics, or it didn't happen.

    “Bipartisan usually means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.” – George Carlin
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    I'm from the southwest. The only lighting bugs we get are real thunderstorms and locusts.

    Ubi Ignis Est?
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    Brian, I was thinking, that as a former photojournalist, I must capture this moment. Then i thought about getting a tripod, getting a camera, playing around with f stops and ISO and exposure times...

    Nah...I’ll just enjoy it, as-is.

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    Nah...I’ll just enjoy it, as-is.

    I'd say you made the right choice.

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    Are lightning bugs fireflies?

    Either way, no reason to interrupt a good smoke

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    Are lightning bugs fireflies?

    Yes.

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    Fireflies/lightening bugs (Lampyridae) are incredible. You can tell the different species by their blink patterns and you'll notice that some occupy specific habitat (i.e. forest edge, open field etc). There is even a predatory species that mimics the blink pattern of the female of another species. The male comes in to mate and gets eaten.

    I love the Pacific Northwest of America but I did miss the lightening bugs there. There are actually lightening bugs in that region but they are diurnal and don't produce any light.

    Seldom Seen
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    I personally would have enjoyed seeing you chase fireflies with a tripod and camera set to manual exposure

    Neal
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    We're hoping they hang in here in Maryland until mid July. The 3 year old granddaughter is visiting then and being from Louisiana, they don't have them there. We hope to see her face when she sees them flying around the yard. A glass jar with holes in the lid will be waiting.

    Al

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    I've enjoyed the glimmerings of them hereabouts. No profusion but definite visitations. Good point about choosing between photographing a moment and living it. Not that it's not living to do photography, but it displaces what else you are experiencing in some cases. When I travel, I will take a photo or two, or many, and then I put the camera down/aside/under my jacket.

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    We get a lot of them, fun to watch at night.

    Fish flies are our local rarity and quite disgusting.

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    I recently had a similar experience smoking some Black Frigate. I stopped out to my best friends camper which is on his farm. We were sitting by the fire when I noticed a distant hay field was shimmering. When I walked to the edge of the field there were thousands of lightning bugs flying around the field. Never have I seen so many. I tried to take a video of it but it doesn't do them justice. Must be a good year for them.

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    I grew up near the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in Jamaica Plains Mass. It has been there for as long as I can remember. It is just great place to hang and chill and look at all kinds of cool flora and fauna.

    There is one little pond there that at night produced the most incredible light show. We were always tripping which made it even more interesting. We would go a couple of times per week over the summer months. It was a great place to just walk, play Frisbee and commune with nature. If anyone is in the area I highly recommend checking it out. This all took place in the middle 70's to 80-83.

    Harris
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    I just got back in with the dogs maybe a hour ago, the sun is still up, and the lightning bugs are already starting their show. Tonight may be even better than last night! We've been here 22 years and the lightning bugs have always been plentiful, but never like this.

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    They're out thick here this year too.

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    I never see lightning bugs here. I think the mosquitos ate them all.

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    I miss seeing lightning bugs down here in my little corner of SE Louisiana. All we get are gnats, mosquitos and those damn lovebugs that love to commit suicide on the front of my truck.

    I am glad we have a good admin and responsible moderators.

    Heave to you dark colored ship under sail! Prepare to be boarded!
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    Don't forget the junebugs that crash into my forehead while I'm outside trying to smoke. And the brain eating amoebas. And the termites. And the plague of locusts, and plague of frogs, etc.

    There's a bald eagle nest down the street though...that's cool.

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    Lots of lightning bugs this time of year here in western Virginia. Only annoyance is the occasional one that gets into the bedroom and makes my dog go berserk at 2:00am

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