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Why Don’t We Get Fireflies?

Fireflies – or lightning bugs, if you prefer – are a fickle bunch when it comes to where they decide to put on their snazzy summer light shows, and a lot of people don’t get to enjoy them because they fail to make an appearance. Why is that? Well, there are a lot of reasons. Sometimes nature puts the kibosh on the annual firefly festival, and sometimes we are the ones who muck it up for them. If you’re wondering why you never get fireflies, or why you didn’t get them this year, this could be the reason: <strong>1. Pesticides</strong> Unfortunately, glowing butts don’t give fireflies magical powers – they die right along with every other bug when a yard or field gets hosed down with poison. And, because they’re pretty sensitive, other yard chemicals and fertilizers can zap them, too. <strong>2. Weather   </strong> Lightning bugs need a fairly specific balance of temperature and precipitation to coax them out in the open. They won't advance from the larval stage - where they are <em>already</em> glowing, by the way - if there isn't a suitable amount of water and heat. <strong>3. Food</strong> Firefly larvae like to munch on worms, grubs and other disgusting things that live in the ground or under bark, and if they don’t get the food they need they will die before they can pupate. Weather and chemicals contribute to this issue, as does variations in those other bugs’ habits, spawning grounds, etc. <strong>4. Lifespan</strong> Even if all these other factors come into perfect alignment, you could still miss the show because fireflies don’t live very long – they get between one and two months to party it up, and then … it’s lights out. Yeah, it’s kind of sad, but having them for a little while is better than not having them at all. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes you had a chance to enjoy the show this summer, and if you didn’t ... there’s always next year.
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