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Are there fireflies/lightning bugs in Georgia?

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The fireflies are out full force here in KS right now and it is possibly one of the most enchanting things in the world to me. We didn't have them where I grew up in TX and only a scattered few in Dallas.

 

We're moving to GA in a few weeks and these silly bugs are something I will really miss about this place!

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Yep! Saw a bunch while I was on an ill-advised run last night in the middle of a storm. (In my defense, it was not storming when I left.) This is a suburb north of Atlanta.

 

Terri

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The Augusta area. Anyone near there? I've been there a few times when dh was at school out there, but it's been about 6 years and we still don't have a house! :eek:

 

But if there are fireflies twinkling all over like fairy-land, it'll be alright.

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I see them in north Georgia where I grew up all the time, but not so much in central Georgia where my grandmother still lives. Very few. But I still see them spraying the crops there and they still sprayed the streets as recently as when I was a kid, so... that could be a bigger factor than geography.

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When we moved from KY to GA my sons were disappointed that there were so few lightning bugs down here compared to KY. They're here, just not as many.

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I wonder if it has to do with how cold the winters are? It was frigid here this year (in KS) and we have probably twice as many as we did last year. In N. TX we only had a few.

 

Hmmm...now I have to set the kids to exploring firefly life cycles....

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Yes, a few of them were ramming my living window last night while I was trying to watch tv. I've never seen them do that before. :tongue_smilie:

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Sigh...I grew up spending summer evening catching lightening bugs and love that memory. I'm living almost into Canada now and there are no lightening bugs at all. I wish my kids could enjoy their magic!

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There are plenty at our house near Savannah - which will be available soon to rent if anyone is interested :bigear:

 

We're in Savannah too but have never seen them in our Southside neighborhood. Do you see them other places too? :bigear:

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I live in NW GA (sort of between Rome and Cartersville), and we have them here. I grew up in S. Central GA (between Dublin and Eastman), and we had tons back then. Someone posted on the other thread that there aren't any where she lives in Middle GA now; people are so free with pesticides there that it wouldn't surprise me if there are none there now. It makes me angry and sad.

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We live NW of ATL and there have been plenty this year. Along with crawdads, salamanders, moths, etc. Can you tell I have a son who will put just about anything into a mason jar? :D

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When I was a child, I remember seeing them all of the time, and I haven't seen any for a few years, but we have them this summer-yeah! (Wisconsin)

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I never knew how wonderful lightning bugs could be till I spent a year in Kentucky. We don't have them in California. You guys are so lucky who have them.

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