The Magic of Fireflies
Half the stars have fallen from the sky and they’re dancing in the forest!
….. a thought that came to me the other night while sitting on my deck. In June and July, in Illinois, the light shows are spectacular!
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Fireflies (some call them lightning bugs) are winged beetles ~ Lampyridae, a family of insects in the order Coleoptera conspicuous for their use of bioluminescence to attract their mates. There are 2,000 species of fireflies found in temperate and tropical environments across the globe, usually in marshes or in wet, wooded areas. Common in the midwest (USA), they are very much a part of childhood ~ and summer ~ to anyone who lives there. They do not exist west of the Rockies; so if you move say, to California from Illinois ~ as I did, for many years! ~ you really miss those little magic lanterns sparkling in the summer night. And if you move back (I did that too), they seem more bewitching yet ~ ~ something in a dream, where you’ve a little girl again chasing motes of glitter through the woods. (Back when we were kids, we used to capture them mid-air and put them into jars. We quickly realized they’d die if left inside the jar too long, so after that we let them out before it was too late!)
The good news is, after several years of decline in the lightning bug population, scientists say has been a resurgence in their numbers.
Little girl from pink lantern 9 by astral stock
Background from Magical Forest Stock by wyldraven
Flowers in the foreground are from one of my photos: fireflies are also mine (custom brushes). Multiple light effects applied in Photoshop