Bring Back the Fireflies | East Texas Moms



I remember as a girl spotting fireflies (or lightning bugs as we call them here in East Texas). Summertime seemed to bring out these blinking bugs in the masses. It was like a burst of lighted magic in the night. Sadly, I haven’t seen much of them in years.

The other night, on our back patio, my husband and I caught a glimpse of a firefly in our backyard. Just one little lightning bug … but we were so excited! The next evening, my son saw two dancing along the fence line! Naturally, I had to do some research as to why these beloved fireflies of our youth have slowly disappeared and how we can help bring them back. Here is what I found:

Why fireflies are not as common as they once were:

  • Lightning bugs do not like artificial light. The light also keeps them from attracting a mate.
  • Pesticides are a double-edged sword. Yes, they kill pesky mosquitoes but are lethal to lightning bugs as well.
  • Overpopulation has decreased their natural habitat

How to bring back the fireflies:

  • Create a water feature in you yard. According to Good Housekeeping, “Fireflies love moisture, standing water, and marshy areas.”
  • Reduce artificial light … turn those patio lights off if you want to see more lightning bugs.
  • Plant pine, hackberry, oak, and dogwood trees. Grow morning glories, passion flowers, golden rods, and river ferns.

And lastly, states: ” Yes, it may be one of the joys of childhood, but collecting fireflies in a container can lead to accidental death.” So let those lightning bugs roam free!

Have you seen lightning bugs this year? What have you done to bring back the fireflies?

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Amanda and her husband live in Lindale where they are raising their two full-speed-ahead boys. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Stephen F. Austin and is a former 5th grade Reading teacher. A lifelong learner, Amanda has returned to her roots. Writing is her passion and therapy. It is in her bones and she loves every moment of it! Amanda is a southern gal who loves all things girly: the sparkle of new earrings, the glamour of a perfectly red lipstick, and the pain in your foot after wearing new heels to a smoldering outdoor BBQ (true story). She has proclaimed to be many things: an old soul born in the wrong era, a land-locked mermaid, and bull in a china shop. A book lover since she can remember, Amanda indulges herself in the smell of freshly printed pages and can’t stand the stench of an old book… she wonders “who else has touched that book and what images did they conjure up as they read the very same tale?” This thing is for certain however, Amanda is a mother who believes in the power of Faith, dreams, and imagination. One of Amanda’s most favorite quotes by Erin Hanson gives wings to her dreams: “What if I fall? Oh, but darling, what if you fly?”