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Name:  Angela
Status:   student
Age:   40s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: Around 1999  


Question:
Approximately 10 years ago, a train engineer, while passing through the dense forest of Northern Ontario sites a very large area of land that was lit up, possibly by lightning bugs, during the summer months. Is there any documentation of such sitings, or is this actually possible since these insects habitat mostly in the southern US states? Please provide info on their habitat. Thankyou and look forward to your response.



Replies:
perhaps methane from wetlands (i.e., swamp gas)?

Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.


I have not been able to find anything very specific about range of lightning bugs except that they are very widely distributed around the world, more abundant in tropical and more humid areas. I have read many stories about large numbers of lightning bugs in an area, but none specific to northern regions.

J. Elliott


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