Archive

ShareThis Page
Fireflies highlight of Fern Hollow program | TribLIVE.com
Sewickley

Fireflies highlight of Fern Hollow program

Tribune-Review
| Sunday, July 1, 2018 8:47 p.m.

Ever wonder what makes those tiny fireflies that light up yards across Pennsylvania on balmy summer evenings?

So does the Wissahickon Nature Club and the and the Fern Hollow Nature Center on Glen Mitchell Road in Sewickley Heights.

The two organizations are teaming up to hold a first-time program called Fabulous Fireflies at 8 p.m. July 7 at Fern Hollow Nature Center. The speaker is Jeff Calta, a Butler County man and well-known firefly enthusiast.

“We’re trying to raise awareness,” said Stacey Widenhofer, a Fern Hollow environmental educator.

The timing of the program is spot-on as well, as July 7 is the first-ever World Firefly Day, according to the Fireflyers International Network, a group of firefly enthusiasts and scientists.

Plus, the firefly — sometimes called a lightning bug —is Pennsylvania’s state insect. Indiana and South Dakota also have the firefly as its state insect, albeit different species.

There are more than 2,000 different firefly species, according to nationalgeographic.com.

The insect, comparable in size to a paper clip, has an average life span of two months. It is also considered to be part of the nocturnal members of the family Lampyridae and are actually beetles.

The insect’s flashing lights come from light organs in its abdomen and its flashing is unique to each species and is used to attract potential mates.

Widenhofer said about 40 people have signed up to hear Calta’s talk. Following his presentation, there will be a bonfire with s’mores, she added.

Suzanne Elliott is a Tribune-Review staff writer. She can be reached at selliott@tribweb.com, 412-627-9423, or via Twitter at @41Suzanne.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.