Hedgehogs, Bats and Lightning Bugs

I just read a very funny post by Emily Heath at Adventuresinbeeland’s Blog about some of the more unusual search terms people used to find her  blog in 2012.

A few examples:

‘woodlice droppings’ – 16 times

Urgh. I have failed to find any photos of woodlice droppings on my blog to keep these people happy. My internet research suggests that woodlice droppings are about 1mm in width and look like black dust particles.

‘what do hives look like on adults’ – 6 times

Wrong type of hives.

‘what causes hives under the armpits’ – 2 times

Not bees.

‘honey dripping on body’ – 2 times

Think they wanted a different kind of blog!

‘jon and sarah pie and mash wedding’ – 1 time

Huh?

Inspired by Emily, I took a look at the search terms people used to find my blog in 2012.

What I realized was that my blog posts can be, well, a bit random. Not always about bees, gardening and cooking with honey.

For instance, I posted about hedgehogs.

hedgehog

I really like hedgehogs. Evidently, so do a lot of other people. Some of the terms used to find it:

hedgehogs

baby hedgehog

two hedgehogs

hedgehog pictures

hedgehog images

baby hedgehog pictures

adorable hedgehog

brown hedgehog

mini hedgehog

are hedgehogs soft

hedgehog names

sad hedgehog

young hedgehog

Almost as popular was my post about lightning bugs…

lightning bugs

lightning bugs

firefly insect

firefly bug

lightning bugs at night

pictures of lightning bugs

light bugs

lightning bugs in a jar

beautiful firefly

lightning bug images

how to make lightning bugs in a jar

lightning bugs in a mason jar

lightning bug season ohio

lighting insects

And then there were a few posts about bats and how cute they can be…

cute bats

cute bat

cute bat photos

bat stamps

cute bat pictures

But no Bee Blog would be complete without the Eternal Question…

is honey bee poop or vomit?

is honey made of bee poop?

NO!!   🙂

Lightning Bugs

It’s Lightning Bug season here in southern Ohio. They are some of my favorite insects!

They’re not bees, by any means.  But they certainly are entertaining!

Flashing Lightning Bugs are trying to attract mates. Among most but not all species of North American Lightning Bugs, males fly about flashing while females perch on vegetation, usually near the ground. If the female sees a flasher and she’s ready to mate she responds by flashing right after the male’s last flash. A short flash dialogue takes place as the male flies closer and closer, and then, if all goes well, they mate.

So that a flasher doesn’t attract a firefly of a different species, each Lightning Bug species has its own special flash pattern. Flash patterns range from continuous glows or single flashes, to series of multi-pulsed flashes.

Among some species both males and females flash, but among others only the members of one sex do it. Some Lightning Bug species don’t flash at all. All known firefly larvae, which are wingless and mostly live on the ground and under bark, produce light. If you see only a glow on the ground, it can be tricky deciding whether you’re seeing a firefly larva, a glow-worm, or some other luminescent insect.

WHAT DO LIGHTNING BUGS EAT?

Lightning Bug larvae live on the ground, under bark, and in moist swampy places. They eat earthworms, snails and slugs, plus they may scavenge certain small dead animals and other organic material . They have been seen following slime trails to their slug and snail victims. Lightning Bug larvae have sickle-shaped mandibles with which they can inject a kind of chemical that paralyzes their prey and helps digest it. Several larvae have been seen attacking large prey together.

Adult Lightning Bugs, who can live for several months, probably feed on plant nectar. A few adult Lightning Bug species practice an especially tricky kind of cannibalism. Already-mated females emit flashes similar to the female responses to male Lightning Bugs of other species. When the male of the other species lands, the female emitting the false flashes pounces on the poor male and eats him!

CLASSIFICATION

Lightning Bugs are the same as Fireflies. They are members of a particular family of the Beetle Order. The Firefly Family is technically known as the Lampyridae.