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Anyone remember ads looking for fireflies for NASA?

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#1 Russell Smith

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Posted 13 August 2020 - 07:00 PM

I seem to recall an old ad in the back of one of my old Magazine subscriptions offering to pay one dollar for 100 fireflies. Boys Life I think.


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Posted 13 August 2020 - 07:17 PM

https://www.atlasobs...nting-fireflies

 

 

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Posted 13 August 2020 - 07:18 PM

I worked for Sigma Chemical Company (now part of Aldrich-Millipore) in the 1970's. I recall seeing the ballcaps. https://www.atlasobs...nting-fireflies


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Posted 13 August 2020 - 07:43 PM

I recall the collection campaign, but had no idea of the range of uses they were put to, thanks for the links!

 

My recollection was the initial collecting was to help determine the biochemical basis for the glow, part of the effort to synthesize the chemicals.

 

Anyone recall if the Sigma campaign was Midwest specific, and whether there was a more general, separate, campaign? The newspaper indicates the sigma campaign was mostly done through newspapers.


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Posted 14 August 2020 - 08:33 AM

If I adjust the money to today's values, I could make a small fortune from my backyard every July.


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Posted 14 August 2020 - 01:49 PM

We didn’t send them away, we just kept them as overnight guests and released them the next morning. I made one of these for my girls thirty years ago and made one again for my grandson last summer.

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Posted 14 August 2020 - 02:26 PM

Great shape on the cage!

 

Our local fireflies are very much on the dim side. I could never figure out why some of the Firefly "jar" descriptions differed so radically from my experience until I went to visit a friend in Syracuse, Central New York, one summer and found that her fireflies were 5 to 10 times brighter than ours!

 

I was sorely tempted to commit the environmental sin of collecting enough to establish a colony in my backyard, but resisted the urge.


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