Friday, June 24, 2011

Firefly Signals

Firefly signals fill the summer evenings with magical moments.
I've always loved to look out across the field and watch those thousands of firefly signals flash their coded messages.  I also love to try to discern the various patterns of those codes.
Recently, I've been filling my camera card with those tiny flashing yellow lights.
Firefly Signal
 This firefly lights its light, swoops down a little, then flies up quickly, making a characteristic "J" pattern.

There are two "J"'s in the making on the left of the picture below.  Also, in the right 1/3 of the picture are two blinks of a couple of fireflies that just "blink" their lights.
That is at least two species of firefly.
Here is the third.
This species of firefly gives short burst as it flies straight down the lawn. A linear lightening bug.
Except for the mosquito bites, trying to capture pictures of those different signals was as fun as it used to be to catch a whole bunch of lightening bugs and put them in a jar. 
I think I'll try again.  Maybe my pictures will turn out better.
I might capture a whole card full of those magical lights.

1 comment:

  1. I love fireflies. I recall camping with my daughter in Ontario and being amazed by them. Haven't seen any since I moved to Nova Scotia though I hear they ARE here.