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Fireflies talk to each other by coded blinking patterns

This is the Pennsylvania firefly, one of the most common firefly species in our area.
Photographer: Bill Danielson
This is the Pennsylvania firefly, one of the most common firefly species in our area.
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My friend Kyle requested a column on fireflies. Since the firefly season (which has been spectacular this year) is almost over, I decided I’d better get to it. So, Kyle, this one’s for you.

What could be a more iconic image of the summertime experience of children in the Northeast than the joyful pursuit of fireflies on a warm summer evening? When I was a boy, I spent many a night contentedly gazing into ...

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