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  • #: 145622
  • Price: $0.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: 2009-07-20
  • Current Version: 1.1
  • 1.1
  • Size: 0.40 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Stone Gears LLC
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
  • © 2010 Stone Gears LLC
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New languages are rarely easy. Learning to "speak firefly" will not be as difficult as Latin, but expect a bit of practice before you experience the delight of watching a male cruise across your yard to check you out and possibly land right on your iPhone or iPod Touch. For video of FireflyCall in action, please visit the FireflyCall website.

How can you learn to speak firefly?

1. Carefully observe the fireflies you plan on communicating with. Pay close attention to details like flash frequency, pauses between flashes, number of flashes, and flight pattern during flashing.

- Male fireflies are actively searching for mates and fly around almost continuously. They are trying to get females to respond to their courtship flashing.

- Females remain fairly stationary and are waiting for a satisfactory flashes from airborne males before revealing their location and expressing their amorous interest.

2. Launch FireflyCall. Tap "Fly". Tap anywhere outside the navigation to signal with a flash. Use the default color, or adjust it to more closely match your local firefly flash color by clicking on "Hue" in the navigation.

3. Since males are generally greater in number, it is easiest to begin by mimicking your local female fireflies' "answers" to male "calls". Stay in one spot so as not to spook the males (there are certain firefly species that prey on others). With patience and practice you will eventually get the hang of it - attracting male fireflies, not eating them. When you get two or more males checking you out at the same time, its hard not to feel at least a little "pretty".

4. Getting a female firefly to talk to you by mimicking the male firefly is a bit more involved - motion and timing. Plus these ladies have standards, you know! So find a spot where there is already firefly activity and try to blend in with the rest of the boys for a bit. Once comfortable with the local dialect, take your show on the road and rove around holding your device aloft while tapping out your signal. When you see a return flash amidst the grass or shrubbery, move in closer. Keep up the dialogue and get a look at your date. If other males take notice of your new girl's location, they may move in and "ask to dance". You may be lucky enough to see them mate.

See the FireflyCall website Tips page for links and resources.


- FireflyCall will not teleport fireflies from their normal habitats. So if you are anywhere west of Kansas in North America, for example, and wondering why you are not covered in fireflies as soon as you launch FireflyCall, it is because fireflies do not hang out in your area. We cannot help you talk to fireflies without conversationalists to engage.

- Patience, observational acuity, and being the kind of person who is thrilled to learn more about the natural world are requirements in order to be successful at luring male fireflies and getting females to reveal their locations.

- Although we are confident that FireflyCall functions perfectly well, "your mileage my vary" in terms of your personal success at speaking firefly.

- If you have issues, complaints, ideas, or praise you would like to share with us, please use the contact form page on the FireflyCall website. We love to hear from our users and are always looking for ways to improve the experience of using FireflyCall.

Thanks for downloading!

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