Fireflies Hunt

I recruited the girls, Lee and Na to help me catch the fireflies so that I could capture them in action with my camera.  I think it went fairly well, as we were watching the edited version of the video, all 3 of us agreed that we don’t sound like that.  Max didn’t voice his opinion, he wasn’t happy that he didn’t get to help.  I was afraid that his barking might scare the fireflies away. This is Na capturing one.

My master plan didn’t work as I had hoped.  I wanted the girls to capture about 15 to 20 fireflies and put them in a jar.  Then I would photograph them when they flash their taillights or fly out from the jar.  Well, that didn’t go as plan, Lee nearly killed one of my cucumber plants but we did manage to get one in a jar.

The firefly flashes its taillight to attract mates or prey.  I heard that only the males flash their taillights, but I’m not certain if that’s in all species.


    • lady0fdarkness, I think you should have some in FL. They come out during this time of the year because it’s mating season and they flash their taillights to attract the other fireflies. Look out your window at dusk and you might see some in your yard.

  1. Nice job Nye!!! I wont have time to do any firefly capturing this year! Sucks for me!

    Lome, fireflies normally come around just about dusk during the month of June and early July, very pretty insects!!

    • mozemoua, it was a long day and I was sounding so hoarse in the video. The girls had a great time, I’m not sure where they get all their energy.

  2. Oh how I remember catching lightnin’ bugs as we used to call them when I was a kid and putting them in a glass jar with holes punched in the lid and then bringing them inside the house. They would light up briefly and then die by morning to our dismay.

    • Jeffery, my American friend and her brothers used to smear the taillight on their faces and it would glow in the dark. I used to capture them and let them go after a while, it was fun being a kid. 🙂

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