When I first moved into my apartment in this old house and my youngest, Flynn, was still a boy, we'd sometimes spend evenings on the front lawn watching what we called when I was a boy "lightning bugs"—there were always what seemed like hundreds of them. But in recent years there seem to be fewer and fewer. I only saw two this year.
Instead, there seems to be more dragonflies—this summer more than ever—zooming around the lawn like miniature helicopters. Is there a connection? Then I saw this on the Internet and thought that maybe that's a positive sign: