Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Monday May 29, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Fewer Fireflies?

 

continued

The latter might be the most likely suspect in the case of Photinus marginellus, the type of firefly that seems to be the most common in Ann Arbor. Of the nearly 200 firefly species in North America, they are among the poorest fliers and thus highly site-specific. If the patch of ground they inhabit is wiped out, so are they. But this doesn't explain the decline in the Lords' yard, which remains a great firefly habitat. So maybe it's just that we had an unusually cool June and July this year.

What's a firefly lover to do? Minimize outdoor lighting. Forgo pesticides and bug zappers. Leave some deadwood in the yard for larva habitat. It is, admittedly, not much.

"We've just made it hell for fireflies and everything else," Lloyd says. "It's not like they can pack up and leave. They die out."    (end of article)

[Originally published in August, 2009.]

 

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Social and Political Activism
Luay Shalabi
Educating and acclimating at Central Academy
Eve Silberman
Mamele
Molly Picon in a vanished world
Sandor Slomovits
The Tannahill Weavers
All manner of songs
arwulf arwulf
Crime Map
A clickable, zoomable map
Smarty-pants Wanted
Popular smackdown seeks new host.
Steve Daut
Nightspots: Bona Sera
Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
African and Caribbean Restaurants
Sporting Goods in Chelsea
Grillin' 2017 June 11th, 3-8pm - Ann Arbor MI
The Brain Injury Association of Michigan
Grieve Well Kite Festival June 17th 2017