Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: fireflies/lightning bugs...and a new book

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Name: UrbanWild
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Jun 19, 2017 7:51 AM CST
Do you think you know something about fireflies/lightning bugs? Do you want to know something about them? Last year I took a weekend course from Lynn Frierson Faust. Normally, where I take these, a book is part of your course materials. However, the course was a bit early for her upcoming book, "Fireflies, Glow-worms, and Lightning Bugs: Identification and Natural History of the Fireflies of the Eastern and Central United States and Canada" (Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book Series). A couple of months ago, the book arived in the mail. Not only did I have a blast in the field with Lynn, but the book is terrific as well. Here is a link:

http://www.knoxnews.com/story/...

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12...


I don't want to sound like I am peddling products but whether your interest in fireflies is a passing interest, or, like me you have marvelled at their magic since you were a little kid, I highly recommend this book. The variety of species, life histories, communication, and also threats to their existence are all aspects in which gardeners can find of interest. Gardeners can also have positive impact on the survivorship of fireflies. Anyway, just in case no one had heard about this book released in March, I thought I would post. The link below if for the pubkisher, but you can get it through your favorite booksellers.

http://www.ugapress.org/index....

I recommend you grab the book, and get out and do some night sleuthing ...even if it is only in your yard. Oh...there are also day-flying fireflies which don't flash. <just in case you needed another teaser>
Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly, and pleasantly scented plants.

"Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit." [“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero in Ad Familiares IX, 4, to Varro. 46 BCE
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