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My favorite part of summer May 30, 2006

Posted by kevlarchick in News.

Lightning bugs! 

I love lightning bugs.  Is there anything cooler?  Nosy, harmless little guys.  Here in Ohio they are thick on the trees and in the air every night.

Each species has its own flashing pattern:  dots, dashes, or the "flying J." Have you noticed their lights vary in color–some are bright yellow, others greenish or reddish.  This is a part of the amazing chemical reaction that takes place in the lightning bug to produce light  (geoff or some other lofty science type might be able to translate the stuff on the  link).

It's a fascinating, beautiful pleasure of summer in my neck of the woods.


1. HayZeus - May 30, 2006

My fiancée still goes nuts over lightning bugs too. šŸ™‚

2. lauraw - May 30, 2006

Great pic.

They peak in my area in late July. Looking across the yard to the woods and swamp is magical, twinkling all around you. The sense of space and depth it gives the otherwise flat darkness.

3. blogidaho - May 30, 2006

Looks cool, thanks for the post.
I’ve never seen them except for during the “Pirates of the Carribean” ride at Disneyland.

4. Michael - May 30, 2006

I still remember running around and catching them when I was a little kid. Well, actually, I still do that.

5. Dave in Texas - May 30, 2006


6. harrison - May 30, 2006

There is no such thing.
Mass hallucination.
Seek medical attention.

7. sandy burger - May 30, 2006

I’m so jealous. When I was a kid, I remember really wishing we had fireflies where I lived. Instead, I had to see my magical floating lights the old-fashioned way.

8. kevlarchick - May 30, 2006

They’re not fireflies sandy. They are lightning bugs. And nobody should go thru life without them.

9. Dave in Texas - May 30, 2006


10. Jean - May 30, 2006

You see a bug hole, NUKE IT!

11. lauraw - May 31, 2006

KC, we have fireflies around here.

12. lauraw - May 31, 2006

Of course, calling them ‘lightning bugs’ is just more evidence of the pervasive anti-Yankee bias I find in certain blogs.

I won’t forget this KC.

13. blogidaho - May 31, 2006

I wish we had fireflies around here.
We have Dragonflies, do they count?
Sometimes I can coax them to land on my finger.

14. kevlarchick - May 31, 2006

Aren’t Ohioans Yankees? I am close to Kentucky, so I reckon I got some rebel blood in me.

15. Dave in Texas - May 31, 2006

They certainly are, they fought for the damn yankees in the War of Northern Aggression.

16. lauraw - May 31, 2006

If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not burn Atlanta?

17. Dave in Texas - May 31, 2006

William Tecumseh Sherman: Mr. President, I present you the gift of Savannah.

Abraham Lincoln: Give it back. It will be nothing but trouble.

18. John Bell Hood - May 31, 2006


anybody seen my arm?

19. ~SargentWaffle~ - May 7, 2007

In Tennesse, Their are TONS of Fireflies around. They twinkle and shine in the black night. All the colors are amazing! I kept a jar of them once for about 30 minutes and took them in my room. When the light was on, they didn’t sparkle. I turned off all my lights and put the bettles in the center of the room. They light the room up with whites,oranges, and Reds! Ohh, what a beautifull sight they are!

20. ~SargentWaffle~ - May 7, 2007

Nice Picture too,

21. Michael - May 7, 2007

Wow! Legitimate non-spam comments on a post that is almost one year old. I assumed that I was going to send the last two to the spam bucket when I first spotted them.

Thanks, ~SargentWaffle~. I think you have set some kind of record for Innocent Bystanders.

22. Retired Geezer - May 7, 2007

Wow! Legitimate non-spam comments on a post that is almost one year old.

The Google-fu force is strong in this one.

23. daveintexas - May 7, 2007

I laughed more than anyone at my John Bell Hood line.

24. Mike Kuriger - June 19, 2007

great pic! I’ve never seen fireflies before.


25. Sandy - March 20, 2009

This photo is amazing! Did you take it? And if so, where is it and what exactly am I looking at? It looks like a reflective surface at the bottom (like water) but I can’t get it to make sense.

And do you have a higher res version? šŸ™‚

Thanks for this, it made my day.


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