June 21, 2011 10:57 pm
Just as a previous reader was astounded a few weeks ago (see your June 14th post re firefly flashing), I witnessed something tonight that I have never seen before in my short 32 years of observing lightning bugs, which are very common here in northern Illinois during the summer months. These lightning bugs were flashing more rapidly than I have ever seen lightning bugs flash before. I was able to concentrate on a few individuals close on the fence post, and their flashes were extremely fast, not like the normal relaxed on and off glow I’ve always known them to have. These bugs were flashing so rapidly it reminded me of a strobe light. And there were so many in the field flashing like this that it looked literally like twinkling Christmas lights. I just stood there staring because I really had never seen such a sight. Anyway, sorry for rambling, but I thought it interesting that I would be privy to seeing this after just having read a post on the same subject on your sit
e. I am a big fan of the site. Keep up your great work!!
Amy Berogan, Rockford, IL
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Thanks for your comment. While in Ohio in June, Daniel also had the opportunity to witness one single rapid flasher that also seemed bent on flying quickly as it covered a great deal of space in a short period of time. He was used to seeing Fireflies hovering about in the same area while flashing slowly.