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July 24, 2002: A reader writes: I read an article in the San Antonio Express News concerning fireflies and
it quoted comments from you. One of the paragraphs made note that fireflies
were not found west of the rockies, although some have been spotted in Utah.
I believe this is incorrect. Until I was 20, I lived in Portland, Oregon,
and most of my summer nights as a child were spent collecting fireflies.
Recently, my girlfriend from the same area came to visit and she was
watching the fireflies in our backyard and said she had never seen one
before. Likewise, she said she had never seen a hummingbird. But all I know
is that my friends and I collected quite a few fireflies as kids. Of course,
by the time I was about 10 or 11 (I am now 55), toads, tree frogs,
hummingbirds etc. had disappeared from our NE Portland home. Why? I presume
pesticides and urbanization.
At my Austin home, I even had spit bugs. But, then I was 100 % organic on
my small city lot. I also had tons of fireflies. I moved into a new home in
San Antonio, Texas, last July. My husband and I have put a lot of time, effort and
$$ into turning our backyard into a tropical paradise. We are organic. We
have had tons of fireflies (before the flooding also), hummingbirds,
martins, toads, etc. etc.
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