Firefly Reports from Kansas
Selected by Donald Ray Burger
Attorney at Law

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Please include your city/town and state, and the date of your sighting. Include as many details as you can, such as numbers of fireflies, location (rural/city/wooded area, etc), temperature, time, and so on. Thanks for helping with this project.

Below are reports from Kansas, listed in date order, alphabetically by city.

Hutchinson:

July 17, 1999: A reader writes: I love fireflies and spent many a happy summer evening during a western Kentucky childhood catching them with my nephews. I recently spent an evening catching them with the son of one of my nephews. We were mildly successful but we waited a little late to start our quest. I was looking for some material to send him on fireflies and ran across your page. I live in Hutchinson, Kansas, now, and we have them here too. I didn't know they were not all over the US. What a pity! They're one of my favorite things in the natural world. I applaud your efforts. No child should be without the joy of a jar full of fireflies on the nightstand at least a couple of times each summer.

Olathe:

July 7, 2005: A reader writes: As we placed our chairs along the edge of the one acre pond in the middle of the public park my fiance pointed toward the right. We had never seen so many fireflies anywhere. It was the Fourth Of July and there were dozens of people and dogs and lots of noise. As the kids ran around with sparklers and the occasional small firecracker went off it seemed as though the fireflies were completely undisturbed. It was as if watching a pre-fireworks display. As we watched the twinkling - akin to those icicle lights that people hang from their rooflines around Christmas - we realized that describing the actual amount of fireflies would be difficult. The fireworks began and then we had our description. The firefly display was like when one of those really big fireworks goes off and starts to dissipate, as it drifts toward the ground there are a million twinkles of light. That is what we saw in Olathe, Kansas, on the Fourth Of July. During the last week of June we spent some time in Almont, Michigan. There were lots of fireflies, they had a rapid blink - blink - blink to them, unlike at home in Kansas where they just give off the occasional single blink at a time. The color of the blinkers in Michigan was also more of a green compared to the yellowish blink of the Kansan fireflies. In Michigan we were in a tree-lined yard surrounded by farmer's fields. No water within a square mile, unless you count swimming pools.

Sand Hills State Park:

June 7, 2000: Patsy Terrell writes: On June 7, at approximately 10:30 p.m., I stopped at Sand Hills State Park in the north end of Hutchinson, Kansas, where I was greeted by the sight of hundreds of fireflies in the grassy fields. It was windy and about 65 degrees. Vegetation consists of tall grasses and some trees but it is the grasses where the fireflies tend to be. I have not seen so many in one place since last fall near San Pedro Sula, Honduras, when shortly after dark one night I saw many fireflies in the fields along the side of the road.
July 25, 1999: A reader reports: Hundreds of fireflies at Sand Hills State Park, north of Hutchinson, Kansas, on the night of July 18. Lots of vegetation. We've had a very moist year so far and there are some places that have standing water there. It was a nice night - not too warm and not too cool. The fireflies were out in full force when we arrived about 9 p.m. and had not seemed to quiet down any by 1 a.m. when we left. Beautiful! Meteors in the sky and fireflies all around. Magical!

White City:

July 11, 1999: A reader reports: Just came back from White City, Kansas. We caught numerous fireflies and transported them back to Denver. I have NEVER found fireflies in the Denver area. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's the altitude or low humidity climate. Nevertheless, they survived the trip and we set them free tonight. I suppose they will either survive and multiply or they won't.

Wichita:

July 8, 2000: Kathy Ford reports: We have fireflys all summer. I live in Wichita, Kansas. I found this site while learning more about them. Hope this helps you to get them back. They are wonderful to watch. Our backyard is full of them.

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