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Fireflies

July 18, 2009

lightningbugs

Every night for weeks, our woods have been sparkling with lightning bugs on the prowl. It’s been the longest, brightest firefly season I can remember.  When my siblings and I were little, we’d stay up late to capture and store them in Mason jars, from which they’d twinkle — converting light to energy more efficiently than a lightbulb — at our bedsides.  I don’t catch them for nightlights anymore, but I never get tired of watching these bioluminescent beetles quietly flash their come-ons.
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  1. July 19, 2009 12:32 pm

    I can’t believe you capture them (I mean in the photo, not the jars) like that. I try all the time to take a picture of them with no success. We have a conservation area behind our house and it twinkles at night but I am never able to capture it on the camera.

  2. Alleen permalink
    July 20, 2009 12:03 am

    Thanks for such a sweet post – it so makes me miss Arkansas! I can’t remember the last time I saw, much less caught, fireflies!

  3. July 23, 2009 11:27 am

    I love this!!!! We don’t have as many fireflies around here, but I think we get some. We need to go catch a few! Thanks for the inspiration! =D

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