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Pets and wildlife => Nature. Flora and fauna => Topic started by: thediggers on April 30, 2015, 09:18:46 PM

Title: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: thediggers on April 30, 2015, 09:18:46 PM
First of the year for us, fireflies spotted, only 3 for now, but guess many to come...  :)
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: Relaxed on May 01, 2015, 02:36:54 AM
That message is such a great 'heads up'!


I hadn't thought to keep an eye out for fireflies - (being more concerned about not driving over my very stupid cat) - but those little green LEDs are going to compete with my boring solar white LEDs - and I'm inclined to pull the plug out of the "oh-so-green" white ones and  delight in the "oh so green" green ones. They are such  a delight!
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: thediggers on May 01, 2015, 08:58:26 PM
That message is such a great 'heads up'!


I hadn't thought to keep an eye out for fireflies - (being more concerned about not driving over my very stupid cat) - but those little green LEDs are going to compete with my boring solar white LEDs - and I'm inclined to pull the plug out of the "oh-so-green" white ones and  delight in the "oh so green" green ones. They are such  a delight!

Well I'm glad someone else loves them. Spotted dozens tonight. Odd thing last night was that we spotted them around half eight, then looked again around 11 and seen none at all... Again tonight it was 8:45... So initially do they go off to bed early or could it be to do with the bright moon later on?
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: levissima on May 01, 2015, 11:38:44 PM
That message is such a great 'heads up'!


I hadn't thought to keep an eye out for fireflies - (being more concerned about not driving over my very stupid cat) - but those little green LEDs are going to compete with my boring solar white LEDs - and I'm inclined to pull the plug out of the "oh-so-green" white ones and  delight in the "oh so green" green ones. They are such  a delight!

Well I'm glad someone else loves them. Spotted dozens tonight. Odd thing last night was that we spotted them around half eight, then looked again around 11 and seen none at all... Again tonight it was 8:45... So initially do they go off to bed early or could it be to do with the bright moon later on?

I think it's more to do with temperature, as the temperature drops during the evening the fireflies stop flashing but as the evenings get warmer they can be seen much later.
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: thediggers on May 02, 2015, 08:21:09 AM


I think it's more to do with temperature, as the temperature drops during the evening the fireflies stop flashing but as the evenings get warmer they can be seen much later.

Now that makes sense...  :)
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: Cesare Rinato on May 02, 2015, 09:00:37 AM
Presumably, if the flashing achieves its purpose, they roll over and go to sleep afterwards.
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: Shebar on April 16, 2016, 09:23:28 PM
Just seen some here in Castelfrentano - are these the first of the year?
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: Vignaverde on April 16, 2016, 10:51:11 PM
Oh wow I forgot about the fireflies. Thanks for the reminder she bar I will be on the look out.
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: Orbito on April 17, 2016, 08:15:28 AM
How exciting, I've never seen fireflies before!  :o
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: La Vigna on April 18, 2016, 09:58:26 PM
Just came back home in the dark this evening and fireflies out by us too, I'm sure I didn't see any until early May last year but then it is a warm evening. Magical.
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: thediggers on April 24, 2016, 03:53:29 PM
Well the firefly (only one) did not appear until 5-6 days later ... However our first cicada did cherp up 2 days ago, bet neither wish they had in this weather!
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: Shebar on April 05, 2017, 08:41:49 PM
Can't believe I'm posting this, but I've just seen a firefly (just the one) on April 5th!!
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: Lui on April 05, 2017, 10:24:58 PM
I can't believe it either. Usually late May, June here. Is this because of the fabulous March we've had?
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: Relaxed on April 05, 2017, 11:54:22 PM
Wow - what a fantastic alert of this (absurdly early) arrival of le lucciole. I must keep an eye out for these beguiling insects.

While typing this, I used the word lucertole instead of lucciole - (but luckily I noticed this before posting!) This isn't one of those 'false friend' words which look (in Italian) a bit like English words, but they are easily confused.

A further misinterpretation can amusingly arise because una lucciola is slang for a prostitute! And a lucertolo translates as a 'lounge lizard'.

Have fun with this in your local bar! Get it wrong and they will love you for life - which, I suppose, is also a comment on how unimportant I think it is, in Italy, to expertly speak the language.
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: Shebar on April 10, 2017, 09:55:23 PM
He (or maybe it's a she, a lucciola) is here again tonight - still alone!
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: Relaxed on April 11, 2017, 12:18:21 AM
I think that the lady fireflies lie on the ground and flash, while the males fly about with their lights constantly on.
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: Cheryl on April 11, 2017, 01:13:09 PM
Haha, that sounds about right.
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: levissima on April 11, 2017, 07:18:38 PM
Aww! Let's hope he/she finds a mate soon.
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: Shebar on April 14, 2017, 08:54:29 PM
Yes - finally there are some mates!  There are a dozen or so tonight.
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: GeordieBorn on April 19, 2018, 10:17:25 PM
I guess it could be a post in memory, how pleased (not) she would be. We are well past the 5th of April and still no fireflies. Bee-eaters arrived here today, so only the fireflies and Golden Oriel to go for us. Has anyone seen a firefly this year…? Yes, I know only too well they are normally a lot later!
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: levissima on April 20, 2018, 09:04:38 AM
None here yet, but I think I’m probably a bit higher up than you. At the moment the air is full of the scent of lilac and the sound of strimmers😉
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: GeordieBorn on April 22, 2018, 11:04:41 PM
Could it also be the moon phase has an impact, it's very bright on the side of the land we normally see them first?
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: Clive Oldfield on April 23, 2018, 01:08:03 PM
We have seen fireflies for the past two evenings...Scerni  :)
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: GeordieBorn on April 23, 2018, 08:06:47 PM
We have seen fireflies for the past two evenings...Scerni  :)
Great news! Scerni is saying it is 276m altitude, so not that low. Perhaps we are not looking hard enough ;D
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: Relaxed on April 24, 2018, 08:39:22 PM
This thread, (which is very close to its third anniversary), is why I am so pleased that Levi keeps this forum running. Complimenti.
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: Brush Strokes on April 24, 2018, 10:13:22 PM
I don't usually spot fireflies at my house until mid to late May. (I actually always associate seeing them with cantine aperte). However, as everybody else is seeing them, I'm off to the bottom of my olive grove to try and spot them. When they do arrive at our house they seem to prefer the olive grove to other parts of our garden.
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: GeordieBorn on April 24, 2018, 11:09:14 PM
 :( :( ...still none sighted here...  :( :(
Title: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: popinjaykev on April 25, 2018, 01:55:49 PM
Even though I am not in Italy and I am missing the fireflies, I was told yesterday that my friend in the Teramo region had just heard the first Golden Orioles on his property and they are a couple of week s earlier than last year. Over here in the UK the first tracked Cuckoo has arrived back in the New Forest ...this is a week or two later than last year .... Maybe this says more about the weather in respective countries?
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: GeordieBorn on April 25, 2018, 03:49:37 PM
Even though I am not in Italy and I am missing the fireflies, I was told yesterday that my friend in the Teramo region had just heard the first Golden Orioles on his property and they are a couple of week s earlier than last year. Over here in the UK the first tracked Cuckoo has arrived back in the New Forest ...this is a week or two later than last year .... Maybe this says more about the weather in respective countries?

Heard a single Oriole about 2 weeks ago and again just today. Oddly it is only calling the first part of the call we are used to hearing and were wondering if it is a single female arriving early? Last two years they have been heard here (also Teramo) on the 23rd and 25th of April respectively, so yes, very early this year for us.
Title: Orioles
Post by: popinjaykev on April 25, 2018, 08:11:28 PM
That is so cool.... have you managed to get any photos of them?  If you have that would place you well above most of us Lol .

Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: GeordieBorn on April 25, 2018, 08:15:36 PM
 :D Come on Kev! We think ourselves very lucky if we even spot them, let alone get pictures. There were 2 in our neighbours olives last year which we were amazed to actually see.
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: popinjaykev on April 26, 2018, 11:28:22 AM
 :D 8) ;D  hahahahahahaha I know - I waited throughout last summer ...I kept hearing them but it was only in September  when it was about to return to Africa, that I saw it through binoculars. I got a shot but it was so far away that it looked like a clump of yellow leaves ..... I am missing Abruzzo so much 
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: GeordieBorn on April 26, 2018, 11:04:18 PM
Ahhhh at last one single firefly..
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: Brush Strokes on April 27, 2018, 11:53:52 AM
Ahhhh at last one single firefly..

I'm going to check tonight, never seen them in April before, but you never know.
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: dolcevita on April 27, 2018, 02:14:41 PM
Golden Oriels are so secretive I did get a really good view of one when I was driving but normally we just hear them.
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: GeordieBorn on April 30, 2018, 10:15:23 PM
Well until tonight there was still only one single firefly, but now we have lots of them!
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: GeordieBorn on May 05, 2018, 09:58:36 AM
The recent poor weather does bring some benefits. Sitting indoors having breakfast looking out a Hoopoe came flying in just above ground level and landed on the grassy path below us. I’m sure it is the same two birds every year that we see, but normally only the one is spotted feeding, as was the case this morning. I knew they ate ants and assumed as there is many here that’s what it was eating. But we watched this bird nab a small snail (1cm) and take it to a stone and smash it as a Thrush would do and shake the shell off. After a minute or so of doing this it threw the remaining bit in the air and swallowed it. The fireflies are still here despite the rain, but I’m sure the main tribe are still to arrive as there is still not as many as other years.
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: Brush Strokes on May 05, 2018, 11:22:16 AM
The recent poor weather does bring some benefits. Sitting indoors having breakfast looking out a Hoopoe came flying in just above ground level and landed on the grassy path below us. I’m sure it is the same two birds every year that we see, but normally only the one is spotted feeding, as was the case this morning. I knew they ate ants and assumed as there is many here that’s what it was eating. But we watched this bird nab a small snail (1cm) and take it to a stone and smash it as a Thrush would do and shake the shell off. After a minute or so of doing this it threw the remaining bit in the air and swallowed it. The fireflies are still here despite the rain, but I’m sure the main tribe are still to arrive as there is still not as many as other years.

A very fortunate sighting, especially for so long and able to observe tucking into some scran  :)
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: GeordieBorn on May 07, 2018, 10:12:29 PM
Can’t believe it keeps being such an event every year. Tonight, loads of fireflies, frogs, nightingales and a lovely sound of cicadas. Come on folks how lucky can we be to have access to such a life!
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: Brush Strokes on May 14, 2018, 04:06:34 PM
Went outside late last night on the firefly hunt, but still nothing  :(

However I did spot a family of 4 hedgehogs including two very young ones.  :)
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: GeordieBorn on May 14, 2018, 05:34:00 PM
Still not the numbers we have seen other years, but we have had a few dozen per night for a while now..
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: Clive Oldfield on May 14, 2018, 08:31:14 PM
Ah, thank you for mentioning nightingales. I have been wondering for a while now what I was listening to at night, and now I know!
We are incredibly lucky in that we have lots and lots of fireflies around now, they are beautiful  :)
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: Brush Strokes on May 25, 2018, 06:23:51 PM
At last!

I've spotted my first firefly of 2018. Just one mind you. As I mentioned before, I always associate seeing them in my area with cantine aperte and that is happening this weekend, so pretty close.  :)
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: levissima on May 26, 2018, 04:33:18 PM
The outside temp has registered just above 30 degrees here today so I’m quite hopeful I’ll spot some fireflies on my nightly dog walk. Haven’t  yet spotted any, been too cold and too wet!
Title: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: popinjaykev on May 26, 2018, 04:51:51 PM
Ok well I arrived this week and went to a friends house for a meal and was amazed to see so many fireflies.  I thought it would be too late to see them this year. They are such a beautiful sight 
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: levissima on May 26, 2018, 10:15:44 PM
At last! Seen them tonight in quite large numbers, it’s more difficult here, with street lighting, but down a wooded track, it’s like fairy land. Lovely!
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: La Vigna on May 11, 2019, 09:27:13 PM
So happy to come back to the house tonight and find hundreds of fireflies ! Magical!
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: Rustychain on May 12, 2019, 09:52:44 AM
I came back to the house late last night & it was the perfect night for them; nice & mild, but.... no sign. Shame.

We are forecast rain here the next few nights so that may keep them under cover. They really are magical when they're out.
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: La Vigna on May 12, 2019, 08:14:05 PM
Was just cleaning the windowsill today and spotted a family of wild boar huddling under the tree of our neighbours garden, 20feet from their front door. Then driving along our track to our house this afternoon, a herd of them, ranging from large to minuscule were playing ahead. We waited and watched them frolicking awhile completely oblivious to us, but were careful not to come between parents and babies before we proceeded on. Once they were aware of us they scarpered. My husband also met one on his bike this week on our track. These encounters were all in the middle of the day, not at dusk or nighttime when they usually forage about. A bit worried about my grandchildren playing outside our fence now, even me on my bike as there must have been at least a dozen today. Are they becoming more bold? I?ve not seen such a large number together before either.
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: La Vigna on May 12, 2019, 08:16:38 PM
Our logic on this at the time was that they know no Italian would be out in the rain so they have the place to themselves! :)
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: levissima on May 13, 2019, 11:02:06 AM
I expect they also know that most self respecting Italians are sleeping off their lunch so another reason they have the place to themselves 😉😂
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: Rustychain on June 25, 2019, 08:33:54 AM
We got back to the house late on Friday after a stint away & we were treated to a beautiful display from our resident fireflies. Absolutely magical.

Having the grass waist-high probably helped!
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: Brush Strokes on July 02, 2019, 10:10:43 AM
There doesn't seem to be as many fireflies around our house this year compared to previous years.

We don't usually see them until the very end of May, but the weather this year made them even later, but numbers are certainly down.
Title: Re: Fireflies spotted...
Post by: levissima on July 02, 2019, 05:54:18 PM
Same here, late and fewer than previous years. Mind you everything?s a bit weird this year. I?ve never seen so many swallows, so there must be plenty of insects.