Black captures firefly title
Aug 11, 2013 | 612 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Responding to the call of science, Bradley County lightning bug collectors charged forth in the summer of 2013 to deliver 118 grams of insects.

Leading the way for Bradley County in 2013 was veteran catcher Sharon A. Black, of Old Fort, who handily captured the title with her bug bundle of 82g to earn a check for nearly $40.

In second place was the catching team of Kelsey Harrod and Dakota Watson of Cleveland, who snagged 36g of fireflies to earn over $17 in lightning bug booty.

In 2013, scientists paid 48 cents per gram or $13.75 per ounce, which is approximately $1.90 for 100 average sized fireflies.

Scientists and technicians use material in the insects as a valuable tool in important medical research and for public health safety testing of food.

While collections are held on a summer by summer basis, it is possible that scientists will need more supplies next summer. For more information or to be notified of a collection next year, please contact Firefly Project, 122 Emory Lane, Oak Ridge TN, call 562-536-3930, or email fireflyproject@yahoo.com.