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Old 05-15-2013, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and wherever planes fly
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Seems like an imaginary line from the great lakes down to the ohio valley and over to Southern New England and south down the eastern seaboard and the gulf. No one has mentioned Texas yet although I would suspect swampy east Texas. Does that sound like a good guesstimate so far?
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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Oklahoma, for sure.

You will hear some of the old time Okies call 'em "lightenin' bugs" from time to time.
Interesting, we call them that here in central IL too. The terms are used interchangeably and I've heard young people say them on many occasions.
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:45 PM
 
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we have them in upstate NY and both names are used ....... a few summers back we caught some with my neices/nephews ..... look forward to doing it with my own kids this year ... something they haven't seen before
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:22 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I think they need damp living conditions. It's too dry in the Western states for them.
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:59 AM
 
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Seems like an imaginary line from the great lakes down to the ohio valley and over to Southern New England and south down the eastern seaboard and the gulf. No one has mentioned Texas yet although I would suspect swampy east Texas. Does that sound like a good guesstimate so far?
Yes, Kentucky for sure.
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:46 AM
 
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They are in Vermont & New Hampshire. Grew up spending many summer nights "chasing" & enjoying them in Vermont.
Live in NH now and they are abundant where we are on "Bog Road"
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Old 05-06-2014, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Calera, AL
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They're all over Iowa, but oddly, scarce in Minnesota and South Dakota. I don't see too many of them in Alabama - I thought that they preferred humid places to drier ones.
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Old 05-06-2014, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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So are they nowhere out West?
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Old 05-06-2014, 08:45 AM
 
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Lightning bugs were everywhere in Iowa, when we were kids everyone would be out at night catching them or just running around in the middle of the show.

They aren't in the city of Chicago that I've seen, but I think once you get to the burbs they're around, and certainly are in the rest of northern Illinois I believe.
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Old 05-06-2014, 09:04 AM
 
Location: South Jersey
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We have tons of them here.

Sometimes in the summer I'll catch them in my room when I go to sleep at night... their light tends to give them away But I like fireflies, so I never kill them. I'll just catch them and put them back outside.
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