One of my favorite things about this time of year is seeing the twinkling of fireflies in the evenings. I’ve been fascinated by these bioluminescent insects ever since childhood and never tire of watching them while out walking on balmy summer nights.
In addition to enjoying their brilliant displays, I’ve long found it interesting that they are known as both fireflies and lightning bugs. I mostly call them fireflies but occasionally say lightning bugs as well, and apparently I’m in good company. This article from 2013 discusses a study wherein over 10,000 Americans were polled about their preferred term. 39.8% of respondents use both names interchangeably, while 30.4% use just firefly and 29.1% use just lightning bug. There is even a map included so you can see how the results vary by region.
Whatever you call them, you can read more about these intriguing creatures by perusing DCPL’s books on the topic.