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Fireflies, Glow-Worms, and Lightning Bugs: Identification and Natural History of the Fireflies of the Eastern and Central United States and Canada

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Fireflies, Glow-worms, and Lightning Bugs is the first-ever comprehensive firefly guide for eastern and central North America. It is written for all those who want to know more about the amazing world of lightning bugs and learn the secrets hidden in the flash patterns of the 75+ species found in the eastern and central United States and Canada. As an independent researche ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published March 1st 2017 by University of Georgia Press
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Jen
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it
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My thanks to NetGalley and the University of Georgia Press for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.

Where to start? This was full-steam-ahead going to be a five star book. Then it made the Hindenburg look like a campfire with some hotdogs and s'mores, at least to me.

Let's start with the OMG AMAZING.

I read an eARC copy of this book on an HD resolution screen. That was SUPER important for the pictures.

Because FIREFLIES HAVE TOES. Not just ANY toes, but some of the MOST ADORABLE TOES known
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Sahar Pirmoradian
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I couldn't believe I could get so much attracted by a book left on a library table (by who knows whom) on fireflies and bugs and spent hours on reading and skimming pages.

My first thought: who could be interested in studying bugs, they look ugly and dirty! My second thought after reading a few captivating pages: how could I didn't know about all these fascinating facts and stories about fireflies?

The book is written very clearly and simple. It starts with answering dummies' questions on the sub
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Jill
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Author Faust describes what genus fireflies belong too, where fireflies are found, their stages of life and environmental conditions. Numerous photographs are used to illustrate differences between species and the natural world where fireflies live. Although many technical and scientific terms are used, the book is written conversationally rather than academically. This book will be valuable to anyone interested in fireflies. Besides acknowledgements, there is an appendix with the Selangor Decla ...more
Elizabeth
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wish it had a quick ID chart of all the species together, but excellent source of information. Describes appearances, flash patterns, range and habitat of many different species. I have a new appreciation for lightning bugs!
Cindy
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic book for the "citizen scientist!" Great photos and text to get you thinking about fireflies in new ways. Beautifully designed book with sturdy covers. If you've got fireflies in your area you should definitely pick this one up. Wish there was more info about fireflies where I live (Colorado) but clearly there aren't many scientists working on this so there is not much information available yet. I expect an updated edition will be released in the future based on the author's many ...more
Anna
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a maddeningly beautiful, wonderful, frustrating book!

On the plus side, it's so lovingly and carefully written! The photos are clear and copious and the author gives you so much information about each species.

But she only covers so many species and, after reading this book cover to cover, I'm still only sure about one species in my yard (the easiest one, the Big Dipper). I get the impression part of the problem is that firefly science just isn't there yet. Species are being split apart, n
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Jeffrey Hammerhead
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book for anyone who loves fireflies
Bonnye Reed
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
GNab I received a free electronic copy of this book from Netgalley, Lynn Frierson Faust, and University of Georgia Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all, for sharing your hard work with me.

Photos! Lots of them, clear and distinct, along with detailed descriptions of the various glowing bugs at their various stages. This is an excellent field book for anyone interested in Fireflies, Glow-Worms and Lightning Bugs, and it is written in an understandable way. I would recommend to eve
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Daniel
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nature, non-fiction
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 5.0 of 5

This is an absolutely tremendous book.

Author Lynn Frierson Faust clearly has a passion for the subject matter and has done such a fantastic job of researching and cataloging the insects we know as fireflies, glow-worms, and lightning bugs. The largest portion of the book (Chapter 8) is an identification field guide.

I have to admit that most of the fireflies still look the same to me, but I look forward to capturing a coup
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