lightning bug

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That’s also a major difference between lightning bugs and lightning. Kathryn Prociv, Washington Post, "Fireflies photobomb the Milky Way like a mischievous child with neon paint," 22 June 2018 Sadly, most lightning bugs have bigger problems to worry about. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Why Bioluminescence Evolved to Be Red Light, and Blue," 26 June 2018 Despite having nothing do with lightning, the science of lightning bugs is just as cool. Kathryn Prociv, Washington Post, "Fireflies photobomb the Milky Way like a mischievous child with neon paint," 22 June 2018 These glowing bugs tend to be called fireflies in the South and lightning bugs in the Midwest. Kathryn Prociv, Washington Post, "Fireflies photobomb the Milky Way like a mischievous child with neon paint," 22 June 2018 Like summer nights are to lightning bugs and squeaks are to porch swings, Dolly Parton is to blonde hair. Southern Living, "Dolly Parton on Dyeing Your Hair Blonde," 1 June 2018 In Peterson, friendly neighbors greeted one another with toothy smiles, and the music of crickets replaced the wail of police sirens, while lightning bugs fluttered around the front yard flickering near the immaculate rose bushes. Michael A. Gonzales, The Root, "Roses," 25 Mar. 2018 Retired Purdue Entomology Professor Tom Turpin also spoke in favor of naming the Say's Firefly, also known to Hoosiers as a lightning bug. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Say's Firefly to become state insect after bill lights its way through the Indiana House," 27 Feb. 2018 Southerners would rather eat a lightning bug than a mushy, mealy tomato. Southern Living, "Things Southerners Are Really Picky About," 6 Mar. 2017

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