That’s right. Lampyridae. Also, Bufo marinus. Latin names for a species we want, and a species we don’t!
How many of us remember early summer evenings in our childhoods, chasing fireflies? Catching lightning bugs, and putting them in jars? How about glow WORMS? Weird! Cool!
Well, I had a conversation they other day that left me scratching my head…Why do we see less fireflies (they are neither ‘bugs’ NOR ‘flies’, they are actually beetles!) than we used to , when we were kids. It turns out, there are a few reasons that we should think about, and address. Not just for our well being, but the well being of other species.
Listen to the podcast, and find out what you can do to encourage Lampyridae to inhabit YOUR yard or property…And since you suffered through all that, here is a link the Mills Brothers hit song Glow Worm, from 1952!
Part 2 of our outdoor lesson for today, is much yuckier, and actually dangerous to our pets! Bufo, or Marine toads, and Cane toads. I know some of you react with horror at the very mention of toads…But here’s the thing:
While it’s true that Bufo toads are a menace to our pets, indiscriminately killing all the toads you see is actually a terrible idea! Listen, I get the revulsion, but our NATIVE toads are valuable members of a healthy ecosystem, and we certainly don’t want to kill them off, as well. So, check out the pictures, below…You toad squeamish folks may want to stop reading, now:
From the sublime, to the yucky, and BACK to the sublime.
I want to make sure and shout out to Davie Eichenberger, who has been so generous in allowing me to use his song “Daylight Again” as our theme music. It just fits the mood I aspire to so well. Thanks, Dave!
Josh McCart joins me on Friday, along with The Mayor and The Princess, so please join me!