Apparently This Is The Scary Reason Why You Don’t See Fireflies On Your Lawn Anymore

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Many people have some really fond memories of the happy, carefree times they spent outside searching for lightning bugs. It’s basically a childhood tradition to run around at dusk, looking for the tell-tale green lights, trying to track them down catch them. However, something strange has been happening lately.

If you’ve noticed that there just aren’t as many fireflies as there used to be, you’re not alone. All across the country, and the world, the little glowing bugs are fast disappearing. With each passing year there seems to be less and less lighting up the night and it will be a sad day when fireflies are gone forever.

Researchers and scientists have been documenting the phenomenon and along with bees, butterflies, and many other insects whose numbers are also in decline, the primary cause is being attributed to mostly human activities. In particular, the insects are losing their natural habitat as humans move in and take over the land. The constant development and population growth means that there are fewer places for fireflies to live, breed, and thrive. They prefer cool, damp areas in and around forests where there is an abundance of rotting wood and bodies of standing water.

Another big issue they face is related to the explosive increase in light pollution. Between street lights, car lights, flood lights around houses, and all of the countless other sources of bright artificial light that illuminate the night sky, there’s a lot for them to contend with. Light pollution is terrible for fireflies because it messes with their ability to light up and signal one another, which is how they mate. If they aren’t glowing as much, they aren’t reproducing as much, and that’s a major part of why there are noticeably less fireflies with each passing summer.

Finally, the extensive overuse of pesticides is killing scores of innocent lightning bugs. Chemical pesticides are extremely harsh and can be toxic to all forms of life, including your own. They kill much more than what they are intended for. In fact, pesticides are why bees are disappearing in such alarming numbers and many of the most common and widely used varieties are lethal to them. In addition, the runoff containing the toxic chemicals ends up polluting rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, and basically any body of water, even watersheds, aren’t immune from their ill effects. In the end, it’s best for everyone, especially mother nature, to just say no to using pesticides.

As bleak as the firefly situation seems, there are some things you can do to help the cool little bugs out and make a positive difference. The easiest and most obvious thing you can do is limit the amount of light pollution you’re contributing to the environment. Use lights with motion detectors so they aren’t always on and turn off any that may be unnecessary at night. You’ll not only save energy and money, you’ll also see more lightning bugs in the long run.

Next, give them a place to live. They don’t need much, just some natural vegetation like rotten logs and composting leaves is enough for them. If you can, rather than clean up everything on your property, leave part of it wild and untouched. Finally, stop using chemical pesticides! Opt for organic and other natural alternative solutions instead.

All that it takes is a little knowledge and awareness to help stem the drastic decline in lightning bug numbers. Please do what you can and be sure to pass this information on with friends and family so that future generations will be able to enjoy fireflies for years to come!

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He Placed a Camera On The Ice, Then Caught The Most Unthinkable Footage.

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For seventeen days two men had set up camp overlooking a glacier in Western Greenland. Videographers Adam LeWinter and Jeff Orlowski were working for the The Extreme Ice Survey, an expedition which was documenting and collecting data on the changes glaciers were going through due to global warming.

Hoping to capture some great footage, they naturally chose to observe the Jakobshavn Glacier, which is also more commonly known as the Ilulissat Glacier in reference to the name of the town that’s nearest to it. Located on the Western side of Greenland, north of the Arctic Circle and slightly north of the glacier, the town of Ilulissat translated into English means “Icebergs.” If you want to observe a glacier, this is a prime place to do just that.

Like all glaciers, the Ilulissat Glacier is absolutely massive in scope and size. The video of it here does simply not do it any justice and towards the end of the clip you’ll understand how incredibly awesome this event truly is. According to Wikipedia the glacier is estimated to shed, or calve off, around 35 billion tons worth of icebergs every year, making it responsible for producing about 10% of all the icebergs that originate from the Greenland ice sheet.

Many of the icebergs that calve off are huge, but no recorded ones have ever been as large as the one captured here. The record-breaking calving event occurred just over 9 years ago on May 28, 2008 and it went on for over 75 minutes as a chunk of ice bigger than the size of lower Manhattan, New York crashed and rolled violently into the sea. The insane footage was featured in an award winning documentary film called Chasing Ice that one of the eyewitnesses, Jeff Orlowski, directed. He managed to catch some of the most astonishing, eye-opening, and mesmerizing video of a glacier calving ever.

In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a better illustration of the effects that climate change and global warming were having on the environment and landscape some ten years ago, so imagine how much more it has accelerated since then. Do yourself a favor and watch this the whole way through because it really is fascinating.

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These Guys Found a ‘Puppy Covered in Mud.’ But Once He’s Cleaned They Realize He’s Not a Puppy.

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When workers arrived early one morning at a construction site near London’s Canary Wharf they were met with a strange sight. Down in a muddy hole they had spotted something moving around and upon first glance they assumed it was a little puppy who had somehow fallen in and become trapped in the deep ditch.

The animal looked to be in pretty bad condition. It was covered in a thick layer of crusted on mud and pieces of plastic had become stuck and matted in its fur. The poor puppy was exhausted from trying to climb its way out of the hole and was at risk of hypothermia and suffocation. He was facing certain death if the workers didn’t step in and rescue him quickly.

Thankfully they set straight to work freeing the trapped animal and once he was brought up from the muddy hole they rushed him to the nearby South Essex Wildlife Hospital. The staff who took in the filth covered little pup immediately put him in a nice warm bath and gently scrubbed all of the dirt and grime off his coat.

As the caked on mud slowly dissolved and came off they soon realized that this was no ordinary puppy. It turned out that their new patient, who they nicknamed “Muddsey,” was actually a young red fox! After warming him up and drying him off they examined him further and other than being tired and dehydrated, the fox was in pretty good condition. Wanting to give him the best chance at living a long, healthy life, they kept him long enough to ensure he re-gained all his strength back before releasing him back into the wild where he belonged.

If the construction workers who had spotted him had not immediately stepped in the poor little fella would have likely been a goner because he was well and truly stuck at the bottom of that hole and was not going anywhere fast. In the end, little Muddsey got a second chance at life and hopefully he’s living it to the fullest somewhere out there in England. Check out the video to see his incredible transformation from unrecognizable to beautiful, strong, and healthy once again.

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Man Notices a Strange Bug In The Grass. He Reaches Out, Touches It, Then It Totally Transforms.

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Mother nature never ceases to amaze us and yet there is simply so much that remains to be discovered out there in the world. While most animals have been studied extensively, many bugs and insects have yet to be comprehensively observed in the wild. One such type of bug is the rare and elusive Mountain Katydid (Acripeza reticulata).

Found predominantly in the southeastern corridors of Australia, Mountain Katydids, which are also known as Mountain Grasshoppers, are one insect that you wouldn’t mind coming face to face with in the wild. They are incredibly easy to miss, and are even harder to spot when you’re specifically looking for one, because of their natural built-in camouflage. The exterior part of their bodies is a dull brown or black color and this, combined with the grainy texture, makes them resemble what looks like a piece of bark or a dead leaf on the ground.

However, we all know that looks can be deceiving and the Mountain Katydids of Australia are not as inconspicuous as they initially appear to be. As you can see in the accompanying video, when they are touched even in the slightest manner they transform into bright, colorful little bugs that you don’t want to mess with!

The sudden change is caused by their wing casings parting to show off the funky colored lines of bold red, black, and bright blue dotted bands underneath. It’s an impressive sight and in the wild bright, flashy, electric colors often signify to predators that the creature they plan on hunting and eating is potentially toxic, poisonous, and/or nasty tasting. As for Katydids, they aren’t poisonous, but they are absolutely revolting and taste terrible since they’re chock full of noxious chemicals.

The fact that the insects flash their colors after being touched is definitely unique to them because such displays are always done in advance of any possible attack as a warning threat to others to stay away. Scientists have studied their behavior and yet still remain puzzled as to why the bugs only display once they’ve been touched, which in the wild would mean something tried to eat them! Seems like too little too late but perhaps there’s more to it that humans just can’t understand. Either way, be sure to check out the video and see how cool the Mountain Katydid truly looks!

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He Starts Having Trouble Reeling In His Line, Soon Finds Out It’s Record Breaking Monster Catch

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February 19, 2015 is a date that Dino Ferrari will never ever forget. On that fateful winter day the Italian man was fishing in the Po River delta, a muddy stretch of the country’s longest river. He was sitting in a boat using a fishing rod and dangling a line in the water when suddenly he felt a strong tug. Something had taken the bait and as he struggled to quickly reel the line in on the severely bent rod, he knew he had hooked a beast.

By the end of it all, Mr. Ferraro had caught an enormous 280 pound catfish that was longer than a man is tall and measured an amazing 8 feet, 9 inches long. Being an avid sport fisherman, he was sponsored by Sportex Italia, a maker of premium fishing rods. They were on hand to document, measure, and verify his catch and provided the unbelievable picture of Dino posing with the fish that you see in the video. While this particular catch may very well be a world record for a catfish caught using just a rod and reel, bigger catfish have been caught in that same river and around the world.

The American catfish record belongs to Tim Pruitt who back in 2005 caught a 124 pound fish in the Mississippi River. That’s nothing compared to the world record holder that fishermen in Thailand caught. According to an online National Geographic article, a group of Thai fishermen netted a Mekong Giant Catfish, named after the Mekong River in which they were fishing. The super-size fish weighed in at 646 pounds and measured almost 9 feet long, making it possibly the world’s largest freshwater fish caught since records have been kept as well!

While legends abound about record breaking catches and enormous catfish lurking in secret spots around the world, Mr. Ferrari’s tale is the reel deal. He caught the fish that most people can only dream of bagging and has the evidence to prove it so check it out! After pictures and video were taken, it was weighed, measured, and released.

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No One Believed Him When He Described His Morning Ritual With His Strange Friend So They Caught This

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Out of all the many different animals in the world, this young boy ended up becoming friends with a creature whose identity you’d probably never guess! The incredible footage shows the moment that he went to visit with his buddy and as you can see, it turns out that his special friend is none other than a giant manta ray!

The clip was captured in Spain’s Canary Islands where all types of stingray species are a very common sight in the surrounding waters. One of the main spots the large rays frequent is around a set of stairs that descend into the ocean. It’s where local fishermen toss back any unwanted fish and so the area has become a harbor hot spot where many sea creatures stop by hoping to find an easy meal.

On this particular day the young boy in red shorts had gone to the steps to feed and play with his lovable manta ray friend. The huge fish swam right up to where the kid was standing and greeted him as affectionately as a giant manta ray possibly can! It hovered near the surface close to the boy while he gently pet it and never once did it make any move that could be perceived as threatening or questionable. In fact, the creature was so calm and accustomed to the boy that it even ate the food he offered right out of his hands. That’s pretty impressive and shows a certain level of trust and familiarity that only develops over time. At one moment in the clip the boy splashed the surface of the water and seconds later the ray came in super close. It looks just like how you’d call over a dog and perhaps this boy has taught his giant ray friend a few cool tricks!

As unbelievable and odd as this pairing may seem to be, stingrays are actually quite friendly and curious creatures. They are intelligent and only will attack or sting when they are either defending themselves or something suddenly scares them, which is totally normal. When you watch the interaction in the video just think how cool and neat this would be if it happened to you. And while most people would probably be a little freaked out by such a giant fish swimming right up to them, this kid loves it and knows he’s safe. In the end, nature always finds a way to surprise us and make us smile, and this young boy and his stingray friend will do just that!

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