Literary References to Fireflies
Selected by Donald Ray Burger
Attorney at Law

Below are references to fireflies found in selected books and magazines. If you know of others, e-mail me with the cite.

Anthem, by Ayn Rand. 1946. Paperback. Page 26.

Burning Angel, by James Lee Burke. 1995. Hardback. Page 160.

Cadillac Jukebox, by James Lee Burke. 1996. Hardback. Pages 186 and 222.

Cosmos, by Carl Sagan. 1980. Hardback. Page 197.

Darwin's Gift to Science and Religion, by Francisco J. Ayala. 2007. Hardback. Page 20.

The Demon-Haunted World, by Carl Sagan. 1996. Paperback. Page 49.

Dining by Fireflies, by The Junior League of Charlotte, North Carolina. 1994. Hardback. Title page.

The Dirt Doctor's Guide to Organic Gardening, by J. Howard Garrett. 1995. Paperback. Pages 84 and 90.

Darwin for Beginners, by Jonathan Miller and Borin Van Loon. 1982. Pantheon Books. Paperback. Page 168.

Endangered Pleasures: In Defense of Naps, Bacon, Martinis, Profanity, and Other Indulgences, by Barbara Holland. 1995. Paperback. Page 18.

The Evening Garden, by Peter Loewer, 1993. Hardback. Pages 215-217.

The Face-Changers, by Thomas Perry. 1998. Paperback. Page 421.

Fireflies, by Cheryl Coughlan. 1999. Pebble Books. Paperback. 24 pages.
This books is one in a series of insect books. It is geared toward children, but has great closeup photographs. Pebble Books has a website at

Fireflies! by Julie Brinckloe. 1985. Macmillan Publishing. Hardback. 32 pages.
This is a charming children's book about a little boy's adventures in catching fireflies. Nicely illustrated with charcoals.

Fireflies, by Bernice Kohn. 1966. Prestice-Hall, Inc. Hardback.
This is a children's book with a mix of science and romance. Black and White drawings. Nice introduction to fireflies for children.

Fire Sale, by Sara Paretsky, 2005. Hardback. Page 322.

Free Fall, by Robert Crais, 1993. Page 108.

Friday, by Robert Heinlein. 1982. Hardback. Pages 9 and 46.

Gold Rush Fever, by Barbara Greenwood. 2001. Nelvana Company. Hardback. Page 132.

Gone Fishin' by Walter Mosley, 1997. Paperback. Pages 69 and 71.

Howard Garrett's Texas Organic Gardening Book, by Howard Garrett. 1993. Hardback. Page 147.

Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. Hardback. Page 80.

Ill Wind, by Nevada Barr, 1995. Paperback. Page 278.

The Joy Makers, by James Gunn. 1961. Paperback. Page 86.

Legion of Despair, by Franklin Horton. 2016. Kindle. Location 4219.

Mankiller, by Wilma Mankiller. 1993. Hardback. Page 40.

The Man Who Listens to Horses, by Monty Roberts. 1996. Paperback. Page xxxvii.

The Monkey's Raincoat, by Robert Crais. 1987. Paperback. Page 68.

New Secrets of Entertaining, by Gail Greco. 1989, 1996. Page 51.

Nature's Living Lights: Fireflies and Other Bioluminescent Creatures. by Alvin and Virginia Silverstein. 1988. Little, Brown and Company. Hardback. 42 pages.
This children's book explains how fireflies live and glow, with a little more science than most. It would be a good book for your budding young scientist.

Noah's Garden, by Sarah Stein. 1993. Hardback. Pages 57, 59, 211- 212, 227-229, 234-235, 244.

The Orchid Thief, by Susan Orlean. 1998. Hardback. Page 235.

Ox Bells and Fireflies, by Ernest Buckler. 1968. Alfred A Knopf. Hardback.

The Paperboy by Pete Dexter. 1995, page 55.

Peter and the Starcatchers, by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. 2004. Paperback. Page 219.

Postmortem, by Patricia Cornwell. 1990. Page 305.

The Rebellion of Yale Marratt, by Robert H. Rimmer. 1964. Paperback. Page 64.

Requiem for a Lawnmower, by Sally Wasowski. 1992. Hardback. Page 50.

Sam's Letters to Jennifer, by James Patterson. 2004. Hardback. Page 147.

Segundo, by Frank O'Rourke. 1956. A Signet Book. Paperback. Page 113.

Sierra Nevada Natural History, by Tracy I Storer and Robert Usinger. 1963. University of California Press. Paperback. Pages 204 and 207.

Stalking the Angel, by Robert Crais. 1989. Paperback. Page 240.

Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert A. Heinlein. 1961, 1991. Handback. Page 432.

Surge, by Rod Tanner. 2004. AuthorHouse. Paperback. Page 100.

Talking to Fireflies, Shrinking the Moon: A Parent's Guide to Nature Activities, by Edward Duensing. 1990. Penguin Books. Paperback. Pages 41 to 44.

That Gunk on Your Car: A Unique Guide to Insects of North America, by Mark Hostetler, PhD. 1997. Pages 49 to 52 plus color Plate XII of the splat.

Thomas Jefferson's Flower Garden at Monticello, by Edwin M. Betts and Hazlehurst Bolton Perkins and revised and enlarged by Peter J. Hatch. 1986. Paperback. Page 16

24 Hours, by Greg Iles. 2000. Signet. Paperback. Page 69.

Unintended Consequences, by John Ross. 1996. Accurate Press. Hardback. Page 552.

The Venus Belt, by L. Neil Smith. 1980. Ballantine Books. Paperback. Pages 32 and 83.

The Very Lonely Firefly, by Eric Carle. 1995. Scholastic Inc. Hardback. 25 pages.
This is a children's book about fireflies that has a painting of fireflies which glow due to a battery built into the book.

Voodoo River, by Robert Crais, 1995, page 215.


Birds & Blooms, "Shedding Light on Fireflies' Secrets," August/September 2002, Page 56.

Country Living, "First Time for Fireflies," by Faith Andrews Bedford, June, 2000, pages 80-83.

Country Living, "Starry, Starry Nights," August 1999, Pages 48 to 50.

Martha Stewart Living, June, 1999, page 46.

National Geographic, May, 1951, pages 697-704.

National Geographic, July, 1962 pages 48-59.

National Geographic, July, 1971, pages 45-69.

Organic Gardening, March, 1995, page 24.

Prevention, August, 2002, page 168.

Southern Living, June, 1999, page 52.

Reader's Digest, "When the Lights Go Out," July, 2000, pages 160A to 160D.


Where Have All the Lightning Bugs Gone? by Louis E. Catron. A Play in One Act. 1971. Samuel French, Inc. Paperback. Pages 11, 21, 22, 23, 25.
This is a play in one act, in which fireflies are used as a symbol of lost innocence in a time of war.

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