Lightning bugs: Midsummer's early arrival
Midsummer nights, under the hot humid air, catching fireflies on the front lawn, are now arriving earlier. Peak season for fireflies in the D.C. area usually falls from mid-to-late June and early July, but in recent years, they’ve been spotted as early as early May.
The early visits of the lightning bugs and other insects are a result of a warmer climate. Recent trends also suggest the number of fireflies are increasing in the area.
“The earlier timing of insect appearance is now a fairly well-guided phenomenon in the [insect] world,” said Michael Raupp, professor of entomology at the University of Maryland to the Post. “It’s a broad-scale phenomenon across the country.”
Fireflies’ lifecycles move along with environmental cues, arriving when temperatures warm. They light up to attract mates–flashing faster with warmer temperatures.
(via the Washington Post)
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