Here’s a quick poll for summer: Are they fireflies or lightning bugs?

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Do you call these fireflies…

… or lightning bugs?

This “maybe it’s a Yorkism” question was originally asked of me by one of my fellow YDR editors, Brad Jennings, and I thought it would be great to share and get your thoughts.

In our family, we pretty much use them interchangeably, probably leaning a little heavier toward lightning bugs.

Either way, summer is all about catching them in Sarah’s mesh bug house, then letting them go. (Record so far? 7 at once.)

What do you call them? Comment and let us know!

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My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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7 Responses to Here’s a quick poll for summer: Are they fireflies or lightning bugs?

  1. Bridget says:

    Though I am a born and bred York-countian, I lived for a number of years in lancaster County where the Amish call them “Blinking Bees.” It’s just the difference of across the river . . .

  2. ljr says:

    Lightening bugs, even though my kids are grown, I still enjoy catching lightening bugs and watching them.

  3. Joan … Our family always called them Lightning Bugs

  4. Jason Gross says:

    Growing up here, always lightning bugs. Lived in California for many years and there aren’t any there, except at Disneyland in the pirates of the Caribbean.

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  6. Jo Ott says:

    Lightening bugs is a lot easier to say than flier flies! At lest that’s the way it comes out sometimes. BTW–they seem to less this year, sort of like no cicadas.

  7. Peggy says:

    There’s one more name: June Bugs. Maybe that’s just a West Virginia word?

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