If you’re seeing fewer fireflies each summer, you’re not alone. Anecdotal evidence suggests that firefly populations may be on the decline, most likely due to a combination of light pollution, pesticide use and habitat destruction. For example, according to Smithsonian.com, if a field where fireflies live is paved over, the fireflies don’t migrate to another field, they just disappear forever.
And indeed, a world without fireflies would be a very sad place. Give them a hand be ensuring that your garden is firefly friendly, for more information see: How to attract fireflies to your backyard.
Yes, it may be one of the joys of childhood, but collecting fireflies in a container can lead to accidental death — not to mention bug trauma. Instead, enjoy them as they flit about freely.
I remember catching lightning bugs when I was little… Oops!