This summer we noticed a marked increase in fireflies at Casa Gabriella. The reason for this is a good one, according to the blog zoomata: “We must thank biologically-friendly agriculture, which has exploded recently,” said professor Francesco Petretti of the University of Camerino, who studied the phenomenon. “Farmers are using fewer pesticides.”
We’ve always had fireflies in the Lunigiana. It’s a rather poor corner of Italy, and our neighbors have huge gardens not overly burdened by pesticides. It’s good to see them in huge numbers over the summer, though, and for a good reason! Now if they would just feast on mosquitoes.