The following information was contributed by HBCA member Dianne Logan.
Hillside Beach is home to Fireflies which are one of the most intriguing species in the insect world. In early summer, (June and July), they start a courting ritual that delights anyone who stays up late enough to watch them twinkling and flashing in your yards.
To show that they are available, the male Fireflies show off by flying around signaling to the females. The females usually sit at the top of tall blades of grass or on a tree branch watching for a possible mate. If she’s impressed, she will flash her light to attract him. He will flash back at her indicating his interest. After mating, she can lay as many as 500 eggs in the ground. When the numbers of mature Fireflies are plentiful, they can light up your yard and bushes in a magical display.
The Firefly population is in decline at Hillside Beach and around the world due to loss of habitat. However, it is very easy to nurture fireflies in your yard and neighbourhood. They thrive in damp conditions and they prefer total darkness at night. It’s best for us to observe them when it’s dark.
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