Fireflies, Glow-worms, and Lightning Bugs: Identification and Natural History of the Fireflies of the Eastern and Central United States and Canada

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University of Georgia Press, Mar 1, 2017 - Nature - 376 pages

This is the first comprehensive firefly guide for eastern and central North America ever published. It is written for all those who want to know more about the amazing world of lightning bugs and learn the secrets hidden in the flash patterns of the 75+ species found in the eastern and central U.S. and Canada. As an independent researcher working with numerous university teams, naturalist Lynn Frierson Faust, “The Lightning Bug Lady,” has spent decades tracking the behavior and researching the habitats of these fascinating creatures.

Based on her twenty-five years of field work, this book is intended to increase understanding and appreciation of bioluminescent insects while igniting enthusiasm in a fun and informative way. Species accounts are coupled with historical background and literary epigraphs to engage and draw readers young and old into the world of these tiny sparklers. A chart documenting the flash patterns of the various species will aid in identification.

Clear photos illustrate the insects’ distinguishing physical characteristics, while habitats, seasonality, and common names are provided in clear, easy-to-understand yet scientifically accurate language. The guide will be welcomed by everyone who wants to learn more about fireflies' and glow-worms' unique traits and about their fragile niche in the ecosystem.

FEATURES Over 600 color photographsDetailed accounts and anatomical diagrams of 75+ species, as well as aids in distinguishing between similar speciesA first-of-its-kind flash-pattern chart that folds out on heavy-weight paper
• Extensive scientific details written in an understandable and engaging wayColorful, common names—Twilight Bush Baby, Shadow Ghosts, and Snappy Syncs, and more—for easy species identification based on flash patternsTips on ideal sites and times of year 
for firefly watchingConservation-oriented approach

 

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This book does not fit the typical categories. It is not primarily a field guide, or detailed reference book. It is not primarily an observation book of stories watching nature. It is a first attempt ... Read full review

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Author Faust describes what genus fireflies belong too, where fireflies are found, their stages of life and environmental conditions. Numerous photographs are used to illustrate differences between ... Read full review

Contents

What Genus Is It?
1
Fireflies Around the World
11
Frequently Asked Questions
17
Eggs Larvae and Pupae
39
Survival Tactics and Mimicry
49
Parasites and Predators
55
Fieldwork Research and Filming
63
Species Accounts by Genus
71
Photo Credits
319
Permissions
323
Glossary
325
Bibliography
333
Online Resources
343
Index of Common Names
345
Index
347
Copyright

The Selangor Declaration Conservation of Fireflies
313

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About the author (2017)

†Lynn Frierson Faust is an advisory consultant†on firefly studies with state and national parks in Tennessee, South Carolina, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and New York and an on-site scientific consultantwith BBC Nature, the Discovery Channel, and National Geographic, among many other media outlets. She has also aided in identification and educational advisement for the Cincinnati Museum Center and published surveys of the fireflies of Mammoth Cave National Park, Congaree National Park, and the Allegheny National Forest. Faust has presented around the world on the topic of fireflies and published numerous scientific papers. She lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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