LIGHTNING BUGS ARE FLASHERS!

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LIGHTNING BUGS ARE FLASHERS!

 

It must be summer.....lightning bugs are everywhere!  I have vivid memories of them on summer evenings when I was a kid.  We lived in an area that had plenty of trees and it seemed like there were millions of them!  As the sun began to go down you would begin to see them rising up out of the grass and then a flash here and there....and more and more of a light show as it got darker.  We had mayonnaise jars with holes punched in the tops so we could catch some of these poor critters and watch them close up.  We let them go before we had to go inside and get ready for bed.  I can even remember the stinky smell on my hands after handling them.

 

Here is an interesting video about those little flashers!

 

 

 

 

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Roseanne Campagna
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Ann, That just brought back a few memories for me! I live in the NW now, but lived in Chicago until 6 years old. Caught them in a mayonnaise jar too! Thanks

May 31, 2011 04:02 AM #1
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Judith Abbott
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My oldest child wrote a paper about fireflies/lightening bugs when she was in grade school.  She became facinated with the word Bioluminescence.  She walked around the house for days saying that word over and over and over, almost like a song.  Bioluminescense, bioluminescense, bioluminescense.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioluminescence

Thanks for the memories!

May 31, 2011 04:09 AM #2
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Ann, I have never seen lightening bugs! How fun that must be to see them flitting around on a warm summer night.  And, Judith, love the word Bioluminescense.

May 31, 2011 04:30 AM #3
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Sussie Sutton
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ANN - You are so lucky to still have those little creatures to enjoy. We in southern Texas do not any more. Someone said it was due to all the pesticides sprayed on the crops. But I really don't know what did away with them. There is a site call lighteningbugsightings.com to reports seeing them. Yeah it is that bad. I am glad that I was able to enjoy them as a child.
May 31, 2011 04:38 AM #4
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Ann Hayden
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Ann,

I have been seeing more and more of these little flashers.

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

May 31, 2011 03:40 PM #5
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Kathleen Daniels
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Ann, Reading this post reminds me of the one and only time my parents took their six children on vacation … which was back east where I saw my first and only firefly! We had jars too. I remember dropping my jar and it broke. Interesting video too! Thanks.

May 31, 2011 04:19 PM #6
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I guess I was just a scaredy cat as a kid. Well not exactly a scaredy cat, but I didn't play with bugs.  Guess I wasn't a normal kid huh?

Jun 01, 2011 02:35 AM #7
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Ann, I still get to see them around here...interesting video...didn't know that the females don't fly.

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I grew up in the NW so I really have no experience with these little critters ... great video!  pippa

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