Sparklies will continue to grow as they consume flammable substances until they run out of them, at which point they begin to move sluggishly as they search for more food. They can survive, depending on their size, for up to an hour without sustenance. If they do not find any, they will gradually shrink as their body consumes itself, and finally die, expelling thousands of ashen seeds into the air upon death. Even a partially starved sparkly, re-introduced to food, will have a low chance of survival. The seeds often wind up in fields and across the ground, and are known to make their way into the pores of wood or grain plants. Such environments are perfect for sparklies to thrive.
When sparklies are found, they should be smothered immediately to keep them from growing. They most often hatch from within logs during burning, lulled into awakening by the flame, so be sure that a fire is completely extinguished when you are done with it and keep an eye on any sparks to see that they die out. Water is ineffective against sparklies of any size; it proves more of an inconvenience to them than a weapon. However, soaking the area where they feed will inhibit their feeding, and rain may make it impossible for them to find consumable materials, and may even prevent volitile eggs from being able to hatch.
Some people use sparklies as a light source, though in most civilized countries a permit is required to keep them. Placing a handful of the bugs in a jar or other enclosure with a tiny air hole and a wad of paper is the most common method. The lack of airflow restricts the sparklies' consumption, allowing them to survive on the paper for a long period of time. Few find the prospect of living flames worth the trouble of keeping them, however.
This creature is a class C threat.