Fireflies!

Adult firefly (photo by Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org)
Adult firefly (photo by Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org)

Most of the year I forget they exist and then one evening in early June I'm surprised by joy.  The fireflies are back!  It doesn't matter how old I get.  I'm always excited to see them.

I love their yellow-green lights, their hard-to-track flight paths, and the way they raise their wing covers and pause ... just before they fly.

 

Did you know that their Photuris pensylvanica species is the Pennsylvania State Insect?

Read more in this vintage article from 2011: The Lightning Bugs Are Back

 

(photo by Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org; Video from Wikimedia Commons)

3 thoughts on “Fireflies!

  1. So excited they’re back – I’m moving out of the area in a few weeks and was worried I wouldn’t get to see them. Fireflies are absolutely magical.

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