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Old 09-19-2007, 04:14 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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Default Lightning Bugs

While camping in the Galveston area, I got a chance to see and experience Lightning bugs. Being from the desert southwest parts of Texas we don't have any of them here. It was a real treat to watch them. My 12 year old daughter swore they were fairies.. and tried to take pictures of them.. but none of them came out. I just told her Fairies don't like to have proof of their existence.
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Old 09-19-2007, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I agree....they are fun to watch and to catch. In a way, I put them up there with rainbows as wonderful and as close to truly magical as a person can get.
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Old 09-19-2007, 09:19 PM
 
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Ah, lightening bugs (or fireflies, as we called them). I loved catching them in an empty mayonnaise jar with holes poked in the lid, and then letting them go. I don't ever remember seeing them in Houston, though. But out in Wharton at my grandparents' house, they were all over. I haven't seen them since I was a kid.
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Old 09-20-2007, 12:50 PM
 
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Spent a weekend at a B&B in Wimberley and we were treated to a great summer evening with tons of Fireflies as well. Reminded me of the summers spent at my Aunt&Unlce's place in Ohio.

Good times.
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Old 09-20-2007, 01:28 PM
 
Location: 77059
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We called them fireflies too and every so often you'll see them in Sugar Land and Clear Lake. Pretty cool.

Unfortunately the malathion that the city sprays to get rid of mosquitos gets rid of these bugs, as well as the mosquito-eating dragonflies.
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Old 09-20-2007, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Texas
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That must be why I hardly ever see the dragonflies anymore. We LOVED to catch them or atleast try to catch them when I was a kid....they were everywhere. The blue ones were the hardest to catch for some reason. Unfortunately, mosquitos are a huge problem here and now with West Nile, they aren't going to quit spraying for them.
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Old 09-20-2007, 01:48 PM
 
Location: 77059
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With the rains this summer there were a LOT of dragonflies in Clear Lake. We didn't have much of a mosquito problem this year, either. Then it dried up and the trucks came around to spray. The dragonflies died off, and about 2 weeks later we had a noticeable increase in mosquitos. Go figure.
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Old 09-20-2007, 01:56 PM
 
Location: where nothin ever grows. no rain or rivers flow, TX
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we have a lot of dragonflies in Alief. I wonder if we're missing that spraying service. I have not seen fireflies here, we have too many firkin frogs!
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Old 09-20-2007, 01:58 PM
 
Location: 77059
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You're probably missing it because you're not in the ''high risk'' West Nile virus area. The E/SE sides of town get that spray about 10pm every 1-2 weeks.
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Old 09-20-2007, 02:54 PM
 
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Default fireflys

We too call them fireflys... As a kid ever summer we would go to the catskill mountains upstate NY and I would be out there with my jar to collect them.. Wow that brought back some good memories.. that was one of my enjoyments as a little girl. Not trying to collect every webkinz there is!!! A funny story I have about fireflys my middle son who was mabye 2-3 was playing in the backyard and as boys do.. have no fear of bugs.. anyway i see him swooshing something in his mouth he opens his little mouth and there was mr firefly shining away... it was pretty funny!!!!
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