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False firefly beetle & reasons to fish: Notes on Chicago outdoors

Notes from around Chicago outdoors.

FIELD NOTES

WILD OF THE WEEK

Mike Norris thought he found an early lightning bug on his garage floor, but Carl Strang, author of “Singing Insects of the Chicago Region,’’ emailed, “This is the right time of year for this beetle, but it’s not a lightning bug. It’s in a different but closely related family and is known as (no surprise) a false firefly beetle. You could call it that, as there is only one species in its genus in North America. Its scientific name is Omethes marginatus.”

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WILD TIMES

HUNTER SAFETY

June 11-12: Gurnee, (847) 856-1229

FISH GATHERING

Thursday: Larry Conn on electronics, Fish Tales Fishing Club, Oak Forest Community Center, 7 p.m., fishtalesfishingclub.comAsparagus2016

DALE’S MAILBAG

Email: “If the fish are not hitting, the wild asparagus are now popping up all over if you know where to look. Sauteed asparagus and baked striped bass for dinner is pretty close to heaven.’’ Victor Blackful

A: Blackful is having better success with wild asparagus than I have been.

BIG NUMBER

1: Month until perch fishing reopens in the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan on June 16.

LAST WORD

“For me with the concept of enough, it’s whatever puts a smile on your face and makes you happy at the end. No preset ideas on numbers to meet, just be happy in how you do, how you did it, where you did it, who you did it with and all the sights, sounds and smells that were part of the experience. In short, immerse yourself in the experience not the accounting.’’

Norm Minas, on learning to truly appreciate fishing