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  1. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    My parents came from STL but I grew up in Maryland.
    It's lightning bugs

  2. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Fireflies on TV shows, lightning bugs in real life.

  3. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Florida here. We don't have them, but they're called lightning bugs.

  4. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    NEPA here, they are fireflies.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Delaware Valley here, they're lightning bugs.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Delaware Valley here, they're lightning bugs.

      I'm in the Delaware valley as well and everyone I know here calls them fireflies. I think the naming distinction might vary more on a town-by-town basis.

  5. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    This little homie wasn't called Freddy The Firefly.
    Discussion/thread OVER

  6. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Why lightning bugs and not lighting bugs? Are southerners stupid?

  7. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I live here and can confirm I hear both about 50/50

  8. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Fireflies have lights that glow continuously
    lightning bugs have lights that flash on and off

    So it's both.

    all lightning bugs are fireflies, but not all fireflies are lightning bugs.

  9. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I lived in the South and nobody used "lightning bugs".

  10. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    the wikipedia article is titled "Fireflies" so fireflies win

  11. 5 months ago
    Anonymous
    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Hoosier Texan here, nobody in either state says "devils bug"

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      >night israelite
      Lost

  12. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Flicker crtitter.

  13. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I live in Oregon and we don't have them here so I don't care what they're called, they're cryptids as far as I'm concerned.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Imagine living in a place without fireflies... Sad!

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        I live in a city. Even if I was driving to rural areas there will be no fireflies. Farmers spray chemicals all over their fields which also harm bugs and flies and such.

        Blame farmers. Not me.

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          I don't know about you, but I prefer my produce to not be eaten/infested by bugs. That's just me though, maybe you like eating weevils. Just make sure you always choose the lesser of the two.

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            well-said, Monsanto. thanks for correcting the record on this

          • 5 months ago
            Anonymous

            >you WILL eat da poison and you WILL be happy

  14. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Every time I see one of these data visualization maps of the US it's always completely fictional.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      That's because there are no defined lines in America. I got a coworker from Minnesota who says "pop" instead of soda. I'm in Florida btw.

  15. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    in 99% of the US it's both. I've also seen maps like this of the inverse.

    Deep south, my family and all the ones we knew always said "fireflies" ("Fah-yer-flahs"). I remember my yankeefied mother trying to get us to say "lightning bugs" instead so that we wouldn't sound "stupid". Obviously anecdotal, but I think it speaks to the stupidity of this particular distinction.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Ik you're lying because lightning bugs were always considered the ignorant way to say it and fireflies were how fancy people say it

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        You clearly missed the overarching point I was making so I'll restate it here more obviously: Both terms are mixed in use very heavily and it can vary greatly in just a short walk, much less the objectively incorrect monoliths of nomenclature the above map paints.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Your mom's an idiot and you should let her know (not for choosing lightning bugs over fireflies, but simply her attitude and reasoning over it).

      Good for you for not being on her level though.

  16. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    glowey poppers

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Found the brit

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