Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fireflies

...also known as lightning bugs.
See the yellow dots and blurrs in these photos?


I remember seeing these for the first time when I was a kid and we moved from California to Missouri.

They're such crazy little critters!
I think they're usually found in the midwest and Southern states.


In the summer, every evening when the sun starts going down, they sparkle.
They dance.
Hundreds of little yellow lights bounce all around.

When I was young, we'd catch them and put them in bottles or jars with a lid and they became our nightlight.
Of course the next morning they'd all be dead and we'd dump them and start over.


We also would sometimes pull off the light.
You can pull the yellow light away from the bug and it's sticky.
We'd stick them on our fingers for rings.
Ewww! Now that I think about it, that's disgusting!
But it was fun then.

And it's time again.
They're out in full force right now.
So sparkly. So interesting. So fun!
Do you have fireflies where you live?


31 comments:

Christina said...

I've never seen fireflies in Dallas, but it's hard to imagine that they're not there. I think they've just gone someplace less populated than our neighborhood...it seems they might like wide open, starry places. ;)

Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

i wish we had fireflies. i got to see them when i as 7 or 8 when we were camping in colorado and they were awesome!

Celeste said...

this is crazy ironic! This evening, we were watching the fireflies in our yard! aren't they just so magical? always kinda make me feel like I'm in a Disney movie or something... silly...yes. But I feel that way :)

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

Ohhh, I miss fireflies! Reminds me of growing up in Michigan. We are taking the kids back this summer and their number one request is to see fireflies. They have never seen them before!

Beautiful pics!

XOXO
Jen

Miss Anne said...

love these pics...
truth be told...
i've never seen a firefly in real life at all :(

thank you for sharing yours!

elsiee said...

i don't remember ever seeing fire flies in orange county but I did see plenty out in the country side in Cuba last week- they made everyone all sentimental about their childhood!

Corie @ Red Letter Rising said...

Like you, living in CA I had never been able to enjoy fireflies. It wasn't until I visited a farm outside of Chicago that I witnessed them for the first time. It was amazing! They are so fun!

Elizabeth @ My Life, Such as it is... said...

I remember chasing fireflies at both Grandparents's houses - 1 in Denton & the other in San Antonio. Never pulled the light part off though - ewww! No clue if we have them here though.

Lily said...

Here in Scottsville, Virginia, the fireflies were out in full force. My 8-year-old was trying to catch some last night. :)

Suzanne said...

We don't have fireflies in Colorado...I've never seen them in action. They must look magical!

Country Dreaming said...

Oh yes, they are alive and well here in eastern Kansas. LOVE them
they are so fun to watch!

Melinda

Shorty said...

I saw fireflies a lot when I was growing up, too. But these days in North Texas they are rare. At least in my part of the world. I miss them so much. My husband is visiting Mississippi this week and he was just telling me of the fireflies he's getting to see there. They are such amazing little bugs. I'm so glad you get to see them every night. How magical!

Jenny said...

We used to pull those little lights off to use as rings too!! It's funny how those little bugs can be so entertaining. My three kids all love to look for and catch them now too.

love said...

as we climbed into bed last night, i said to matt, "LOOK! there's a serious light show tonight!" we have hundreds in wild weeds/bush behind our backyard. it is magical.
when we were little we smashed them all over our arms and legs and clothes so we would glow. yes, disgusting now that i think about it. =)

Heather said...

i looove fireflies. we used to pull the lights off and draw with them...wow, i can't believe we used to do stuff like that. Brighton loves to chase them now too. oh, the memories of summer time

Jody said...

I love fireflies too.

Ms.Kristi said...

Born and raised in CA I've never seen a firefly! Always been fascinated with them tho. Neat photos. : ) Thanks for sharing. xo

r- m val said...

I live in Cali and I've never seen a firefly. I've been to Louisiana but we went in April and I don't think they were out yet. My husband went to Arkansas two months ago (he actually camped for a week where the major floods were two weeks ago and all those people died, scary!) he said he saw them and for us Cali kids he said it was the coolest thing he'd ever seen! We don't have anything like that here!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Oh yes, we love them. Chasing fireflies is the best summer activity ever. (Plus it happens at night when it's not 101 degrees!)

Signs and Salvage said...

In California...sigh...no fire flies...

Christopher And Tia said...

I was really hoping that I'd get to see fireflies when we moved to Texas, but sadly I've never seen a single one, ever :(

Jodee Leader said...

We live in Nebraska. There are lots of fireflies here!

Nicole @Team Pipkin said...

I'm in California and no fireflies. Your pictures are beautiful.

Graceful Moments said...

I love fireflies...they are also called "lightening bugs" in the South or more accurately, "lightnin' bugs."
If there were a lot of fireflies out at night, we were told it was going to rain...believe it or not, it usually did! They are very interesting critters, there is a purpose and rhythm to the lighting of their bodies which has to do with wooing and mating.
We used to put them in jars too, but my mom always made me let them go when we would come in for the night. I love summer! I also love your firefly photos...bring back memories! Thanks for sharing.

The Perfect Trio said...

we have fireflies in KY/TN...but, I'm in FL for the summer. I think I might miss them by the time we get home....I hope not.

Martha said...

I love fireflies...and the girls are starting to notice them...we did the same as kids...taking off the lights...how funny:)

Teresa said...

Hi Beki!
Thanks for dropping by!
Love your pics of the fireflies!
Yes!
We use to pull the lights off the fireflies too!
We would make rings and earrings!
So sad!!!!!
I can't BELIEVE I was that desperate for glow in the dark earrings!
I don't think we have fireflies here in the Northwest!
xo

Wendy said...

I've never lived anywhere that has fireflies, but I did get to see them one time when I was in the south. Coolest thing ever! I sure wish my daughter could experience that. She'd love them!

Maria G said...

This takes me back to a camping trip we had. Thanks for the post and for reminding us of the little things.

Also, thank you for your beautiful words:
"I hope your week starts with your heart as filled as mine is right now.
Coffee in my cup. A roof over my head. Laughing kids.
Life is good".

Anonymous said...

I have never seen fireflies in real life. We don't have them on the west coast. It's so sad! Have you ever seen glow in the dark earrings? I saw them when I was shopping the other day, and I kind of wanted to buy some. They'd be fun on Halloween or at costume parties, or dance parties. Anyway, I love your stuff on this blog.

Darrel Hart said...

Yes we do..to my surprise...I just saw them again last night. Thought they were animal eyes at first..LOL.
Darrel
Elizabeth CO