Lightning Bugs on Decline

(Farmington) Missouri’s firefly population is on the decline as well as in other parts of the country.

Reports from entomologists say the drop in population is likely due to habitat loss, pesticides and light pollution.

Fireflies or lightning bugs are a form of beetle.

Their abdomens are bioluminescent and blink on and off when they fly.

They can usually be found in yards, meadows and near forests and streams.

Conservation officials say if you want to encourage fireflies to stay on your property, avoid using broad-spectrum insecticides.