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Old 05-31-2007, 09:26 PM   #1
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Who else enjoys lightning bugs?

Buck and I are sitting on our big front porch, which is our usual venue in the warmer months, and are enjoying a fantastic light show...compliments of our lightning bugs.

How many of you enjoy them? That is, those of you who are fortunate to have then in your geographical area.

I remember spending hours as a child chasing them and putting them in old mayonnaise jars. Daddy would poke holes in the top of the jar with a hammer and nail and I would be off and, literally, running. It's a great memory.

Fortunately, where Buck and I live we have lots of vegetation and the "bug" population is huge. It's the Fourth of July every evening in the summer.

I think I need to go now and find a mayonnaise jar.

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Old 05-31-2007, 09:36 PM   #2
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bioluminescent creatures are very cool, k.t.e.

they're the state insect of pennsylvania and tennessee.

we used to collect them at night, collecting bees in the same jars during the daytime, after the lights had gone out, shall we say.

if you give a firefly a good whack, they get stunned a stay lit for a while.

bees are far cooler, however. you can tie a threaed around them, very carefully, and take them for a walk, or a fly. when you got tired of them, just tighten the slipknot...
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Old 05-31-2007, 09:39 PM   #3
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Really...?

Okay, bucky. How do you prepare your lightning bug "blind" to ensure the best catch? What's your jar of choice? I'd be interested to know.
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Old 05-31-2007, 09:43 PM   #4
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a blind?

wow, yous guys really have this stuff down.

we just ran around the yard like maniacs, screaming and trying not to bump into each other while we scooped them out of the air.

apparently, lightning bugs are either deaf, or are not as smart as a 5th grader.

the ubiquitous mayo jar with holes punched in the lid was our choice as well.

the real question remains, tho: hellman's or miracle whip?
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I love fireflies also! unfortunately we only see them occasionaly up at our cottage.

by the by tom, that's aweful to keep the pour flies and bees on string and then just kill em off!
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what can i tell you, we were not too bright 5th graders.

i guess it's much better just to imprison them, huh?

another interesting fact: asian lightning bugs are able to synchronize their flashes. pretty cool for a simple insect.
american ones can also synchronize their flashes, but prefer to watch tv instead...
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Didn't have to choose between Hellman's or Miracle Whip. Our lightning bugs were an equal opportunity mayonnaise jar participant.

Sometimes we'd just go WILD and use a Kroger mayonnaise jar. Whoo! Can you say, "Living on the edge!"

Hey, when you're 8-years-old, you have to get your kicks where you find them.
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what can i tell you, we were not too bright 5th graders.
, who is at that age?
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We use to smear their lights on our skin. They are stinky little guys.

I love to drive on a country road at night and see the flashes of lights they cause!
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their lights are associated with organs that also produce that stink. their predators have "learned" that if it glows, it probably doesn't taste that good.

man, i need to get out more and stop watching so much pbs.

hey, anyone got an old mayo jar?
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