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Bringers of light

Fireflies are soft beetles that belong to the family Lampiridae. There are over 2,000 species around the world and they’re found everywhere except Antarctica. Fireflies (also called lightning bugs) have a special protein in their bellies, a pigment called luciferin. As the insect breathes, air rushes into tubes in abdomen where oxygen reacts with the luciferin. The chemical reaction gives of the glow with which we’re so familiar.

Dachshund owner creates Christmas Wiener Wonderland in Woolmarket

For the third year, Shelby Pierce of Woolmarket has decorated her yard with a Dachshund-themed Christmas Wiener Wonderland. Pierce's Facebook post about her display got an unusually high response with more than 55,000 shares.