The Lampyridae are a family of insects in the beetleorder Coleoptera with more than 2,000 described species. They are soft-bodied beetles that are commonly called fireflies, glowworms, or lightning bugsfor their conspicuous use of bioluminescenceduring twilight to attract mates or prey. Fireflies produce a “cold light”, with no infrared or ultraviolet frequencies. This chemically produced light from the lower abdomen may be yellow, green, or pale red, with wavelengths from 510 to 670 nanometers. Some species such as the dimly glowing “blue ghost” of the Eastern U.S. are commonly thought to emit blue light (<490 nanometers), although this is a false perception of their truly green emission light, due to the Purkinje effect. (From the Wikipedia article.)
All I know is there’s a bunch of bugs in the woods ready to get it on.
If the weather stayed pretty much like it is right now, I would be perfectly fine. It’s just right.
There’s an Apache legend in which the trickster Fox tries to steal fire from the firefly village. To accomplish this, he fools them and manages to set his own tail on fire with a piece of burning bark. As he escapes the firefly village, he gives the bark to Hawk, who flies off, scattering embers around the world, which is how fire came to the Apache people. As punishment for his deception, the fireflies told Fox that he would never be able to use fire himself.
And this I found really interesting:
Want to know something else that’s pretty cool about fireflies? In only two places in the entire world, there’s a phenomenon known as simultaneous bioluminescence. That means that all the fireflies in the area sync up their flashes, so all they light up at exactly the same time, repeatedly, all night long. The only places you can actually see this happen are Southeast Asia and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
As I’ve mentioned before we vacation pretty much only in the GSMNP. I’ll be watching for this to happen.
That’s it. That’s the post.