Firefly phenomenon in Wisconsin.
One of the most spectacular sights on a hot summer night is watching fireflies light up the fields and trees. We had a particularly wet spring this year, which means the Firefly phenomenon in Wisconsin is expected to be pretty grand this year.
Lightning bugs depend on warm, wet conditions to thrive. They emerge from the early in the summer and look for slugs to eat. Their amazing display of bioluminescence is a mating ritual. There are over 2,000 different species of fireflies and each insect uses a unique light pattern to attract mates.
In general, males will gather together in swarms, light up at the same time for four to eight flashes and then stop to wait for the females to respond in the same pattern. The lights also warn off predators since the chemicals used for the bioluminescence are unpalatable to predators.
If you are looking for a great way to enjoy this summertime light show, drive your Cadillac up to the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Bayside, Wisconsin. Starting on July 10, and continuing every Tuesday night through the summer, the center will hold special firefly programs. Guests will attempt to count how many fireflies they see, while also learning interesting facts about these beautiful bugs.
For more ways to celebrate summer, contact us at Crest Cadillac. We’ll be happy to share our favorite pastimes.