Fireflies

July 18, 2008 at 11:02 am (Musings...)

Last night, at about 9:15 p.m. — just dusk — I put Tess out and was amazed at the sight before me.  Thousands of fireflies were dancing through the near darkness, their lights winking on and off. 

As I looked at the light display, I thought of our Creator-God and what a creative mind HE must have (perfectly creative, of course) to make such a little unique creature. 

I looked up firefly in Wikipedia — this is the explanation… 

Lampyridae is a family in the beetle order Coleoptera, members of which are commonly called fireflies, lightning bugs or (ambiguously) “glow worms” due to their conspicuous nocturnal (or, more accurately, crepuscular) use of bioluminescence to attract mates or prey. Fireflies are capable of producing a “cold light” containing no ultraviolet or infrared rays, with a wavelength from 510 to 670 nanometers, pale reddish, yellowish or green in colour, with a lighting efficiency of up to 96%[citation needed].

There are more than 2000 species of firefly found in temperate and tropical environments around the world. Many species can be found in marshes or in wet, wooded areas where their larvae have abundant sources of food.

Who knew??  We used to catch them and put them in jars.  They were elusive bugs and when we caught them, their lights dimmed.  I’m sure there’s a spiritual analogy there somewhere, but I’ll save that for later.  🙂

Lightening bugs are just cool!!!

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1 Comment

  1. libby said,

    considering I haven’t been sleeping well AT ALL….5:30 was soooo early. ha. I made $60 bucks, not bad for a few short hours. I didn’t last out there very long, and there were swarms of people arriving when I packed up! figures. Hope you’re having a great weekend.

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