Nature Notes: 6/27/12 aka 6/22 (steinfels calendar!)

A bumper crop of fire flies. Also of ferns. Any connection? Spring flowers profuse in April. Just last week the mountain laurel were all over the place and are now fading while the elderberry are flowering.Looking back, I see that I was reporting fire flies in May last year. Wasn't here in May this year, so no comparisons but this year!!! Very glitzy.

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.

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