The Northwesterner (and former Northeast Ohioan) who follows this blog and asked me for a "lightning bug" story, sends the following info, worth sharing:
"If you live in the United States, west of about the middle of Kansas, you are not apt to have the flashing type of fireflies in your area. Although some isolated sightings of luminous fireflies have been reported from time to time from regions of the western U.S., fireflies that glow (and flash) are typically not found west of Kansas. The reason for this phenomenon is not known.
"Many firefly species tend to be found around water such as ponds, streams, marshes or even depressions, ditches, etc., that may retain moisture longer than surrounding areas. However, fireflies are also found in very dry regions of the world as well."
Thanks to you for that info. Do the rest of you have firefly info, legends, stories, questions, etc. to share? Contact R.A.T. (Rose About Town) at firstname.lastname@example.org.