The year of the firefly: Why September is looking unusually bright

Takashi Ota via Flickr

Takashi Ota via Flickr

Just when you thought the end of summer was looking dim…

Fireflies have surprised many Central Texans with their second appearance of the season. As KUT reports, while many of the friendly little light bulbs have usually disappeared come August, this year, the insects are still lighting the way into September.

Things looking bright? Here’s why there are so many fireflies in Central Texas this year

So what’s the reason behind the bugs’ reappearance? It’s as obvious as you might suspect. Entomologist with Texas Agrilife Extension Service Wizzie Brown told KUT that recent warm and rainy weather conditions have mimicked those present earlier this spring, when the firefly population was at its peak. Unfortunately, the same applies to other insect populations like everyone’s favorite blood-sucker, mosquitoes.

Regardless, it’s the year of the firefly (in Central Texas, at least).

You want some great news to go with that good news? Brown also told KUT that just because there were more fireflies this year doesn’t mean there will be fewer next year. The bug’s future population will instead be determined by weather conditions this winter and early next year.

Read KUT’s original reporting on the subject, here, and remember — the best way to ensure your yard is absolutely alight with fireflies is to cut your grass less often and keep any outdoor lights off. Your thank you is going to look something like this:

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