Doom Today: Hotcoldwetdry Could Threaten Firefly Populations

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Climate change threatens overall firefly populations, study shows, but Midwest could see increase

For many who grew up east of the Mississippi River, yellow twinkling lights punctuate magical childhood memories. New England natives call them fireflies, but they’re known as lightning bugs from the Midwest to the South. No matter their regional name, they are a staple of warm summer evenings.

Yet concerns about how many more generations will be able to bask in the glow of this nostalgic phenomenon have emerged in recent decades as anecdotal reports and observations in certain locations seemingly indicate firefly numbers are dwindling.

“We kept hearing all these stories that fireflies were in decline, firefly populations were disappearing, and as an invertebrate conservation organization, that always piques our interest,” said Candace Fallon, a senior conservation biologist who has led firefly research in the endangered species program at the Xerces Society since 2018. “So we decided to look into it a little bit more, and started doing formal assessments, building partnerships and working with other researchers, and it’s really grown since then.”

While scientists have long known firefly populations can be influenced by pesticides, artificial lights, soil and weather, a study published last month suggests that human-made climate change may pose an even greater threat than previously thought. The study also predicts that, while numbers might decline for most species with specific habitat needs, certain areas of the country such as the Midwest might experience population growth of some common firefly species as average temperatures become warmer.

“Anecdotal.” “Suggests”. Not that any of that really matters, this is all about scaremongering. And the cult will never stop looking for new ways to scaremonger. All while the majority of them refuse to give up their own use of fossil fuels and make their own lives carbon neutral.

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Firefly lovers can help preserve the insects by maintaining native plant species in backyards instead of trying to keep “perfectly manicured lawns” treated with weed killers and pesticides.

That’s not climate change, but, certainly, having more plants will help. All the destruction of wilderness, even small spaces, has made a difference for the worst.

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7 Responses to “Doom Today: Hotcoldwetdry Could Threaten Firefly Populations”

  1. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Only Eastern elites called them fireflies! We call them lightning bugs here in Missouri. And we don’t see as many as we did 50 years ago.

    Globally, the declines are real and largely attributed to habitat loss, deforestation, light pollution, pesticides, weather and soil characteristics.

    But seriously, they’re only lightning bugs, for gods’ sake. They don’t pollinate stuff, we don’t eat them… they’re pretty. That’s it.

    As the climate changes so will the distribution of species. Duh. We have armadillos in Missouri now! Anyway, think of our bio-environment as a vast web of interdependent factors. Certain bird species migrate based on changes in day length, temperature and food sources. Adaptable species adapt. Those that don’t, contract.

    Again, Mr Teach objects to the language of science, especially the term “suggests”. He refuses to realize that scientists are very careful regarding their “conclusions”, understanding that results need replication and confirmation to reach a scientific consensus. Again, scientific theories are never proven, only supported by evidence and ALWAYS potentially invalidated. You will see “suggests”, “is consistent with the hypothesis”, “supports the theory”, etc.

    Scientists rarely claim to have proof because proof is absolute and means there is no chance of another explanation. Instead, scientists accept or reject ideas based on evidence that supports or refutes them. They may also revise their conclusions if new evidence or perspectives warrant it.

    • L.G.Brandon!, L.G.Brandon! says:

      And yet all those scientists were not really careful about their claims with COVID were they? They swore behind the vaccine which ended up killing more people than it cured, they store about a six foot distance, they swore about wearing masks which ended up being disease incubators on people’s faces, and they swore about closing businesses and schools.

      I realized the Nazis and other leftists think it’s alright to close businesses because, well who cares? The local hardware stores gets closed down and the private guy thrown out of business but Lowe’s stays open because after all they give 10 million a year to the Democrat party.

      And yet scientists right now and all their sycophants in media and education and politics want to taxes billions and billions and perhaps trillions of dollars to go clean energy. But there is no clean energy period. There’s cleaner energy maybe. But they wanna commit all kinds of money all kinds of laws all kinds of restrictions and regulations to something that they might have to revise in a few years. What kind of sense does that make?

  2. david7134 says:

    The bugs are very sensitive to fertilizer in your yard and plants. Has nothing to do with the hoax.

  3. Professor Hale says:

    I would start counting mine, but since climate activists have failed to be right about anything, there is no point.

    For the record, I have noticed fewer stink bugs and more lantern bugs. Lightening bugs/fireflies are thicker than ever, despite the heat wave. I did notice a few on the window last night. Maybe they were begging to come inside and enjoy some air conditioning.

  4. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Abortion Boy,

    WTF is wrong with you?

    They (scientists) swore behind the vaccine which ended up killing more people than it cured.

    The Trump vaccine did not kill more than it saved. Experts say it saved at least 1 million American lives. And masking worked. Is there a right-wing lie won’t repeat?

    The Covid pandemic was real. Over 1 million Americans died from Covid. Millions more world-wide. Closing schools and businesses were safety precautions. According the the BLS: Both large (500 or more employees) and small (fewer than 500 employees) establishments experienced government-mandated closures at a similar rate (17 percent and 19 percent, respectively). No one knew for certain how dangerous the virus could be.

    The gubmint paid handsomely to businesses for the inconveniences.

    Can you back your claim that Lowe’s donated $10 million to the Democrats? Didn’t believe you could.

    But you know all this. You still claim that Trump won fair and square in 2016 but was cheated in 2020, LOL.

    • L.G.Brandon!, L.G.Brandon! says:

      Everything that you stated in that comment is a lie. Then again I’m not surprised. You’ve had all this time to see all the results of the COVID northern nonsense you people put the world through not to mention the people of the United states and you still won’t accept responsibility for your lies nor your failures. It’s all part of being a leftist all of the mouth. all of the bullshit and none of the responsibility.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:


        Listen carefully.

        Would you kindly supply your data showing more people died from the Covid vaccines than were saved?

        Same for how masks were incubators?

        Same for you claim that Lowe’s gives 10 million a year to the Dems?

        Do you have evidence that only Dems closed down schools and businesses?

        It’s hard to have a thoughtful discussion when you fire off unsubstantiated claims.


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