Saturday, July 13, 2013

Summer Fun 2013: Firefly Magic

Dusk last night swarmed with fireflies, more than I've seen in a long time.  We stood in our side yard, in the darkness under the spreading tree, and were surrounded, little yellow lights flickering off and on all around us.  The kids fetched marmalade jars and carefully caught them to better examine their little lightbulb tails, then let them go.  Bud asked, "What's their scientific name?" and Sis had questions about eating habits; later, inside, Mama showed them an interactive website about fireflies.  Soon, they filled the bottom of the jars with flowers to make the lightning bugs happy.  At one point, Sis had six in her jar and took it on the darkened porch to see if they'd light up.  Though, she noticed they only seemed to light up when she let them go, which they did after just a few minutes each time.  We were out until dark marveling at the magic.

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