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KPR airs comments, essays and book and movie reviews from a bevy of regular contributors. Those commentators include William Jennings Bryan Oleander (aka Tom Averill - Writer-in-Residence at Washburn University), Cheryl Unruh (columnist for the Emporia Gazette), Rex Buchanan (Interim Director of the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas) and John Richard Schrock (Emporia State University biology professor).

Luminescent Lightning Bugs Illuminate Kansas Backyards

A photograph of a firefly, taken by Jessica Lucia, courtesy of

Fireflies, also known as lightning bugs, are neither true flies nor true bugs. They are, in fact, beetles. And there are more than 1,000 species of this little critter Commentator John "Richard" Schrock tells us more about this fascinating insect.


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