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Twain said that the difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug. Anyone who's ever strung together words with serious intent knows the truth of that maxim.

So here I am, living about 20 miles from Mr. Twain's most famous residence... and the maxim came to life for me last night. We were warned about a string of very powerful thunderstorms wandering by, so when I started seeing flashes off in the trees alien invasion or a Michael Bay film set didn't occur to me. I stood there watching these incredibly bright flashes, just over the horizon (=trees and more trees) and multicolored depending on level and distance. No sound, no clouds overhead, no rain - just giant fireworks down below the treetop level and off thataway.

Then I realized I was seeing something else - sparkles all around that I'd assumed were lightning. They weren't. It's firefly season here again. Since our first month here last year was in the tail end of that time (yes, that's a joke) and it was my first time seeing fireflies in quantity and in their natural element, I still think they're pretty cool. But watching the lightning show battle with the lightning bugs was exceptional and I have no trouble understanding why Twain liked the phrase so much. (He claimed he got it from Josh Billings, but he used it a number of times in different contexts over the years.)

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Thu May 17, 2012 4:17 am
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You are fortunate to get to see a firefly show.
There were a lot more of them when I was a child. So
much so that it was an assumption that you would
start seeing them about an hour after dark and
there would be hundreds if you lived in a rural area.

I live not so far away from you...in NY on the border
with CT and now some years I go the entire season
seeing none at all - and other years seeing only a handful.

Are they still common by you? Or was this a one-off?


Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:35 am
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I didn't live or camp in areas where fireflys were common when I was a kid, but I still remember the night I camped rough outside of Salzburg, Austria and watched for a couple of hours as hundreds of little points of light danced around the camp. :-) It's quite a sight, and a WHOLE lot safer than watching lightning striking nearby every few minutes and your tent lit up with static electricity. (Which I've seen rather more often than fireflys.)

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JohnBlack wrote:
Are they still common by you? Or was this a one-off?

Well, we are just now into our anniversary of being here (left CA on 6/10/2011, arrived here on the 16th, spent the first night in the house on the 20th) - so I don't have much of a historical record to recount. I first noticed the fireflies sometime in July and watched them peak and fade away by about the second week of August... I think. Seeing them this early seemed unusual but it was a mild winter and many critterbugs (including ticks) are having a banner year.

Haven't seen a good show since but our weather has been very erratic, alternating warm and sunny with cold thunderstorms.


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The ticks of the region are particularly nefarious. With more than half of all ticks infected with something - not necessarily Lyme disease. Anaplasmosis, babeioisis, erhlichiosis and other diseases are available to us via the tick vector. I contracted erhlichiosis at one point and developed a headache that was painful enough that I cried. The associated pain went from head to tailbone along the spine. I was dizzy, experienced temporary loss of vision - a few seconds at a time, and other symptoms.

This has had a serious impact on my enjoyment of the woods and fields. I still go but nowhere near as often, I over-spray myself in DEET, and am less likely to go off trail. E was a terrible experience for me that I never want to repeat. At that time it had apprx a 6% fatality rate. I dealt with a doctor that was resistant to the idea that I had contracted a tick-borne disease so late in the season (it was Autumn) and so I was diagnosed late.

Risk Map Connecticut
http://www.aldf.com/RiskMap/connecticut/connecticut.shtml

Risk Map USA
http://www.aldf.com/usmap.shtml

NY Times article - April 4, 2012 / Why this year will be an abundant tick season.
http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/04/bracing-for-a-hungry-tick-season/

MSNBC - Spread of tick-borne diseases other than Lyme under the radar.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41973641/ns/health-infectious_diseases/t/under-the-radar-tick-diseases-spreading-across-us/#.T9HoR8WPNK4


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JohnBlack wrote:
The ticks of the region are particularly nefarious.

Have to pick them off the dogs at least twice a week, and they can only reach one small brushy/forested area. Have had only one on a person and it was found and removed almost immediately.

The problem is the deer population, which is enormous. I've heard that a normal population would be 2-3 per square mile, but because of the distribution of humans through the wooded areas, meaning very limited hunting and stringent varmint-shooting rules, it's more like 200. I don't think I saw 10 deer in the wild in my life until we got here, and I now see at least one a week and in late summer they save me from having to have plastic lawn deer. I've had doe/yearling pairs stand at the far end of the lawn, politely unfazed by 140 pounds of Dane whose tie-out cable doesn't reach that far.

All of which means deer ticks are more plentiful than deer droppings, and it's the deer ticks that carry most of the nasty diseases.


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And deer have more rights than people.


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ChuckA wrote:
And deer have more rights than people.

No, the people who live throughout the woods of CT have the right not to catch a missed shot. There are few areas here where hunting would be safe.

The main consideration on the table is professional hunter/trappers who would work under planned operations and with deep knowledge of the local terrain and population locations.


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Deer density and regulations are roughly identical here (Vancouver Island). Lyme disease extremely rare though (maybe a couple of cases a year). The fawns were late this year, it seems.


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Lyme disease is named after the collection of towns named Lyme in CT, of course. It's a fairly serious worry here, especially for dogs.


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