Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies

Silent Sparks The Wondrous World of Fireflies For centuries the beauty of fireflies has evoked wonder and delight Yet for most of us fireflies remain shrouded in mystery How do fireflies make their light What are they saying with their flashing

  • Title: Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies
  • Author: SaraLewis
  • ISBN: 9780691162683
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For centuries, the beauty of fireflies has evoked wonder and delight Yet for most of us, fireflies remain shrouded in mystery How do fireflies make their light What are they saying with their flashing And what do fireflies look for in a mate In Silent Sparks, noted biologist and firefly expert Sara Lewis dives into the fascinating world of fireflies and reveals the moFor centuries, the beauty of fireflies has evoked wonder and delight Yet for most of us, fireflies remain shrouded in mystery How do fireflies make their light What are they saying with their flashing And what do fireflies look for in a mate In Silent Sparks, noted biologist and firefly expert Sara Lewis dives into the fascinating world of fireflies and reveals the most up to date discoveries about these beloved insects From the meadows of New England and the hills of the Great Smoky Mountains, to the rivers of Japan and mangrove forests of Malaysia, this beautifully illustrated and accessible book uncovers the remarkable, dramatic stories of birth, courtship, romance, sex, deceit, poison, and death among fireflies.The nearly two thousand species of fireflies worldwide have evolved in different ways and while most mate through the aerial language of blinking lights, not all do Lewis introduces us to fireflies that don t light up at all, relying on wind borne perfumes to find mates, and we encounter glow worm fireflies, whose plump, wingless females never fly We go behind the scenes to meet inquisitive scientists who have dedicated their lives to understanding fireflies, and we learn about various modern threats including light pollution and habitat destruction In the last section of the book, Lewis provides a field guide for North American fireflies, enabling us to identify them in our own backyards and neighborhoods This concise, handy guide includes distinguishing features, habits, and range maps for the most commonly encountered fireflies, as well as a gear list.A passionate exploration of one of the world s most charismatic and admired insects, Silent Sparks will inspire us to reconnect with the natural world.

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    1. Silent Sparks is a beautiful book, filled with glorious full-colour photography, biology info, and every fact you could ever want on fireflies in general.

    2. An enjoyable and interesting book. The author is very engaging and provides a wealth of information about these wonderful magical insects. The photos are phenomenal! If you love fireflies (and who doesn't) this is a must read.

    3. This was an amazing, engaging read. I happened across the title just as the fireflies in my yard were at their most brilliant. Getting to know more about my tiny, twinkling neighbors has been a great experience. Sara Lewis tells many stories about her own experiences learning about fireflies and about the major researchers in the field of fireflies. The book concludes with recommendations for enhancing one's yard as firefly habitat and an in-depth field guide to common fireflies of North America [...]

    4. Love this book! Lots of information on fireflies and an invitation to firefly enthusiasts to go out and help discover more details of firefly lives- so much is unknown!

    5. Brilliant pictures and so much great information written for every reader plus a guide to common groups of fireflies in the back.

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