The days have been so hot lately that I was inspired to think about getting in our outdoor playtime after dark. R was happy with this arrangement as well. He loves any excuse to play with a flashlight. So tonight we decided to go out and catch lightening bugs after the sun had set. We drilled some holes in the lid of a clean mayo jar, got our net and our flashlight, and headed out. You may be able to see a few if you click on the picture.
Earlier today I did a little research and visited this website to learn a little more about fireflies. We are surrounded by woods with a few places of overgrowth, so they were merrily flying about in whichever direction we chose to look. We spoke about where they like to live and such as we sat down to watch the light show.
It was amazing. We used the flashlight to imitate them and they really responded. We could see hundreds flash their lights in unison in the wood line. We did far more watching and walking than actual catching, but we had a wonderful time together as a family. It's something that I hope we do much more of before the season ends.
Do you call them fireflies or lightening bugs? Can you see them where you live? Have you noticed them dwindling from year to year?