What’s happening to the fireflies?

What’s happening to the fireflies?

Melissa Breyer

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Public Domain / Fireflies at Ochanomizu by Kobayashi Kiyochika (Japan, 1847-1915)

Noticing fewer fireflies? You’re not alone.

Every time I write about fireflies, readers roundly comment about seeing fewer and fewer of the twinkling insects as the years go by. And I agree. I remember summers at my grandmother’s house on the lake where the nighttime air was so thick with the coruscating light of fireflies it was nearly sufficient to illuminate the way in the dark. Granted I live in Brooklyn now, but even here in our garden and big parks, the magic seems to be dwindling. Read more.