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 most modern 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.
Sara Lewis, who has been captivated by fireflies for nearly three decades, is a professor in the Department of Biology at Tufts University. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Scientific American and USA Today. Lewis lives with her husband in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Congratulations to Anne Harrell who won the Photo Contest and Brenda Mayo who came in second place! Look for their photos at the Food Country store in New Castle!
Congratulations to new Board of Trustees members: Jennifer Lovejoy, Pat Myer and Carla Ritzler. Everyone enjoyed the local author program and Friends of the Library meeting on May 22.
June 11, 6 p.m. at the library, Board of Trustees meeting.
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Thank you to all who have donated books! We value books we can use to update the collection. Because of our limited space, when a new book goes in, a book must go to the Book Barn to sell.
Thank you to all who donated goodies for the Friends of the Library meeting and the Memorial Day Bake Sale!