Scientists believe that lightning-bug numbers are declining worldwide. As part of the volunteer Firefly Watch of Boston’s Museum of Science, you can assist researchers by collecting data. Just spend 10 minutes a week to count evening activity in a yard or field. Sign up at mos.org/fireflywatch.
This makes me sad. I remember when I was a little girl going out to catch fireflies. I grew up in the country so they were abundant. I used to catch them in empty tomato sauce jars – (after I’d carefully poked holes in the lid of course.) I’d like to think that future generations would have the opportunity to catch their lucky fireflies as well, but with less to catch it looks like many will miss out.
Did you catch fireflies as a child?
What kind of emotions do you feel when you think back to doing it?
Did you think it was lucky to catch one?
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