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Here’s a quick poll for summer: Are they fireflies or lightning bugs?

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Do you call these fireflies…

… or lightning bugs?

This “maybe it’s a Yorkism” question was originally asked of me by one of my fellow YDR editors, Brad Jennings, and I thought it would be great to share and get your thoughts.

In our family, we pretty much use them interchangeably, probably leaning a little heavier toward lightning bugs.

Either way, summer is all about catching them in Sarah’s mesh bug house, then letting them go. (Record so far? 7 at once.)

What do you call them? Comment and let us know!

1 comment on “Here’s a quick poll for summer: Are they fireflies or lightning bugs?

  1. I live in South Philly all of my life and we call them lightening bugs. A lot of the words you are saying are Yorkism are also used in South Philly. Must have been some intermingling there.

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