The return of lightning bugs is a signal of summer in Michiana

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The noise from Brood X cicadas only pops up every 17 years…but the bioluminescent beetle blinks for us every year.

And the stretch of warm weather we’ve had recently has put the little critters, often called lightning bugs or fireflies, in pastures around the area.

The adults are drawn out by the warm weather that hits in June and July to light up the night and send kids running around with glass jars.

The male fireflies light up to attract females and the ladies blink back at them. Rose Pest Solutions Entomologist Mark VanderWerp tells WSBT they are beneficial insects for the ecology, not to mention their important role in summer entertainment.

 

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