Fireflies, courtesy of L-ines (Flickr)

Fireflies, courtesy of L-ines (Flickr)

The reason there are so many fireflies in DC this summer? Too much rain, says WaPo: “This is firefly season in Washington, the best and brightest in several years. Scientists say a wet spring has made a lightning-bug-friendly region even more so, and hordes of the insects are now spending the last days of their lives floating over lawns and blinking in treetops.” Ah, mystery solved. Glad that wet weather led to something pleasant.

Fireflies, jamelah e. (Flickr)

Fireflies, jamelah e. (Flickr)

Has anyone else been noticing a large amount of fireflies in DC this summer? I’ve been seeing them outside my apartment patio, on my way home at night, and it’s kind of weird. I think the last time I saw fireflies was at summer camp when I was 8 in Masssachusetts. They always seemed to me to be a mainstay of rural summers, not urban ones. I tried to take a picture of the buggers but failed profoundly, so this one is from Flickr.

Anyone else seeing them? And anyone have any idea why they’re in DC?