Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A TO Z CHALLENGE - "F" - Fireflies

My animal for today is the Firefly. When I was a kid we used to catch Fireflies, (we called them lightning bugs) and put them on our fingers for rings. They flew away. I haven't seen a Firefly lately.

Fireflies are beetles. To find a mate, they flash each other coded messages. Each species has its own special pattern. How do they get their glow? They have light organs located under their abdomens. They can produce light with almost no heat.

 
For more, check here:
http://www.animalstown.com/animals/f/firefly/firefly.php
 
Have you seen a Firefly lately?

26 comments:

  1. I love watching fireflies. We see them in our backyard sometimes during the summer. Can't remember if we saw any last summer or not.

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    1. We don't seem to have them anymore, or perhaps I'm just not outside at the right time.

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  2. Great post Beverly,I enjoyed the read and photo. Well done.

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne. I appreciate your kind words.

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  3. That would be fun to be able to glow in the dark. We don't have any around here

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    1. Yes, it would, Pat, but then everyone would know where you were. :)

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  4. We see them here in late summer.
    Firefly is also the best television show ever!

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    1. I've never watched that show, Alex. Must take a look.

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  5. I sure did not know that was the reason fireflies flashed their tails. Interesting post!

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    1. I didn't either, Chrys, until I researched the firefly

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  6. Love the way you're meeting this challenge! New follower here. I'm stopping by from the "A to Z" challenge, and I look forward to visiting again!

    Sylvia
    www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Sylvia and thanks for following me. Nice to "meet" you.

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  7. I had no idea they were so ordinary looking when they weren't lit up. Never thought about it before!

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    1. I hadn't either, Kai. They look just like any other insect, until they light up.

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  8. Was very interested in this, I too researched the firefly as I had to use it in my children's story and wasn't sure how they 'lit up' :0)

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    1. I didn't know either, Carole. It's amazing what we learn from reading. :) So you have a children's story with a firefly. Cool.

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  9. I had no idea they were beetles. I've only seen a few fireflies in my lifetime.

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    1. I didn't know either, Medeia, until I researched them. Surprise. :)

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  10. I have always loved fireflies- but I didn't know they were beetles! I hadn't seen any for a while- but last summer I saw a ton. I hope you can see some soon. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. I didn't know it either, Jess. Maybe this will be the summer. I need to stay outside more at night.

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  11. Awesome, Beverly! I love watching fireflies. We have them all the time here in SD:)

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  12. If I can see one glowing, I could watch it all night!

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    1. It is a pretty sight, Nas. Kind of reminds me of little fairies flying around. I'm going to watch for them this summer.

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  13. I think fireflies are simply amazing. One can see God's wonder in every living kind. Love your A to Z theme.
    Points To Ponder

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    1. They are fascinating little animals. Yes, God's creation is beautiful. Thanks for stopping by.

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