|"Brother, come on out!"|
|Ouch!- hairs of stinging nettle|
The night light show of lightning bugs or fireflies begins on warm evenings in May. The main reason lightning bugs flash is to attract mates. Among most, but not all, species of North American lightning bugs, males fly about flashing while females perch on vegetation, usually near the ground. If the female sees a flasher (note- not the usual meaning) and she's ready to mate she responds by flashing right after the male's last flash. So that a flasher doesn't attract a firefly of a different species, each lightning bug species has its own special flash pattern.
May is the start of the season which doesn't require a hunting license, in fact you don't have to hunt for them as they hunt for you. I mean of course chigger season which runs through September. Chiggers survive best in brushy, grassy or weedy areas that retain some moisture during the day. Their distribution within an area is patchy. They are most active in afternoons and when the ground temperature is about 77-86F. They become inactive below 60F.
|Cricket frog- MDC|