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Old 05-02-2011, 03:34 PM
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One of the few bioluminescent animals living in our reach (not under miles of water) is disappearing - the firefly. Albeit their diverse nature and many species, they seem to not be able to take the ongoing light pollution and the loss of habitat that comes with human "development".
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Many of us have cherished memories of spotting and catching them during warm summer evenings and running through fields that sparkled as if strewn with stars. But there are signs our kids may not grow up with the same firefly memories we had. That’s because fireflies are disappearing from marshes, fields and forests all over the country—and all over the world. And if it continues, fireflies may fade forever, leaving our summer nights a little darker and less magical.
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Aw...
That's sad...
I never did see a firefly though.
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Old 05-03-2011, 01:15 AM
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I saw some once... I hope something can be done.
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I see fireflies all the time. I need to start appreciating them more.
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This is sad and I've noticed it. When I was a kid it seemed there were hundreds of them, and in the last handful of years I'm lucky if I see two in a whole summer.
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:35 AM
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Are fireflies on the endangered animal list yet?
If not, they should put in a program to help them.
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I guess as insects are just not as big and charming as birds and tigers to make it to the public awareness endangered species list yet and not known to be as important to agriculture as honeybees so from that side there is little hope. Maybe they are charming and mystical enough to at least pull some people on their side. I doubt they are endangered yet, though probably some of them are. But to see them reduced that way is really sad - even id some of them make it in some national park, I would surely miss to see them around and I am sure that their reduction will take away some of the magical experiences of children that connects them to nature.

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Insects do make endangered species lists - they are just not as visible, and can't create a symbol in the same way as a tiger
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Yes, thats what I meant. People just care more about visible and "charming" animals like tigers, elephants, koala bears or especially birds. Some insects do make it though, like butterflies. So maybe fireflies do so too, but I think the idea of conservation and endangered species has a flaw in that it puts more emphasis on these animals that are selected. Ugly, small or seemingly irrelevant animals or animals that are even perceived as "pests" will be rather at the bottom end of the priority list even though maybe (we know so littel about ecosystem interaction) it is more important for the Earth to keep these than to keep tigers
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Note: There are far more insects on Earth then any other creature, and yet they are cared about less then any other creature...
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