Free app tracks fireflies

Counting lightning bugs can help scientists track this important insect

By Bethany Brookshire, 09:31 AM June 11, 2014

That first flashing firefly at dusk means summer is here. Now, you can put part of your summer vacation to good use, with a firefly-tracking smartphone app. Its data could contribute to important research on these glowing little bugs.

Fireflies inspire songs, books, and even the names of TV shows. There are over 2,000 species of these dusk-loving lightning bugs all over the world. But some scientists are worried that people may be destroying the the insects’ habitat or killing them with pestic...

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