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Old 01-28-2008, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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I live in Northern Maine, and we call them "fireflies" up here. We get 'em in the late spring/early summer. We don't get a lot (too cold I think), but we get 'em. In fact, they're so sparse up here, you have to look intently at a patch of field or forest edge to see 'em, and even then it likes like 20 seconds to spot one. I would say that during the peak firefly season, there's at most.....maybeeeee....20 or so in our yard?
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Old 02-11-2008, 12:44 PM
 
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We get them in June and July here in SE MI. I remember them in June & July in NJ also and I remember seeing them in early June in Asheville, NC. We didn't have them in coastal SC.
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Old 02-11-2008, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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We have a lot of them in Michigan, we get a nightly fireworks show int eh woods behind our house. The most I have ever seen was at a campground near mammoth caves in Kentucky.
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Old 02-14-2008, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Iowa, Des Moines Metro
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Everywhere in Iowa.
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Old 02-15-2008, 05:56 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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They are all over NC and SC during the first part of summer..my daughter loves to catch them and put them in a jar for night lights..
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Old 02-17-2008, 03:01 PM
 
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As a kid in the 1960s, on Long Island, NY, I remember laughing out loud and on the inhale, a lightening bug went right to the back of my mouth and down my throat. I can tell you that they taste a thousand times stronger than they smell. If you ever catch and release one...sniff your hands. I remember a neighbor joking that my bellybutton was going to light up.
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Old 07-08-2010, 03:42 AM
 
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theres lots i illinois
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Old 07-08-2010, 07:01 AM
 
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As kids we used to catch them and drop them in front of a toad we had in the garden and watch his throat and stomach glow. I've since read that they are semi poisonous so I hope he wasn't made sick by it.
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Old 07-08-2010, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I can remember going on vacation as a teen somewhere in the mid-west and seeing all the lightening bugs floating around. I caught one betwwen my hands and it's light would blink off and on. I'd like to know what states have lightening bugs in them.
If you live in a state where lightening bugs live can you tell me which state you are in?
Here in NWA we have a lot of them. We had them in VA as well, but not as many. They are so much fun to watch..

Nita
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Old 07-08-2010, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Thanks so much to all of you for telling me where the Lightening bugs are located. Since I live in the western U.S.A. we don't have them. I wondered where to find them.
Within the next couple of years I expect to do some traveling and I'd like to see some Lightening bugs once again.

Thanks for the link Cosmic; I'll see where these bugs are at once and for all.

Momark it's sure interesting that your bugs have green looking lights. Also now I know it'll need to be summer in order to see them.
I never saw them in 40 years living in CA, none in NM either and we didn't have them in Dallas...

As a kid in So Ca I would hear about them but had no idea what they were. I remember the first ones we saw in VA..You would think I was 5 years old again instead of almost 45.

Nita
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