Fireflies — or lightning bugs, as I grew up hearing them called — are harmed by pesticides and insecticides. If you're spraying for mosquitoes, you're getting rid of fireflies too. The greatest threat they face is the loss of their habitats, as fields and wetlands fall to the bulldozer and crane.
Seems like I see fewer and fewer flickers every summer. Though it's tempting to say it's part of growing up and growing older, losing the wonder and all of that, this article helped me realize that it's not just in my head.
There really are fewer of these precious, ephemeral creatures in our lives. But we can bring them back — not by clapping hands but by living more lightly on the land.