How is it that I have reached this advanced age in life without knowing that fireflies do not exist everywhere?
My realization began to dawn when I read an account of a couple from California who had taken their family on a road trip across America. The were driving through the midwest on a summer's evening, passing through thousands of acres of farmland. It was dusk and suddenly they realized that the fields were alive with fireflies, blinking their morse code messages.
They quickly found a place to pull off the road and they wandered through the edge of the field, amazed at the beauty and silence of the scene. The woman stated that it was a moment that will stay with her till her dying day.
Yes, it is that magical and wonderful but how is it that I didn't realize that fireflies haven't built themselves little Conestoga wagons and made the trek out west? I'm curious as to the barriers that have prevented them from spreading.
My wish is that everyone could experience fireflies on a summer's evening. I can't even comprehend not having them announce the evening's arrival.
Here's a cool video for all my friends who live in areas without fireflies.
Actually, when we were kids we called them lightning bugs.
Did you know that a lightning bug can save your life? It's true. Here's my story, "Life and Death in the Cornfield". Many of you have read it before but I'm linking to it for those who haven't.
LIFE AND DEATH IN THE CORNFIELD
Apparently fireflies synchronize. Who knew? Here's a link to the Museum of Science which has a firefly watch and range maps.
FIREFLY RANGE MAP
If you don't live in an area that has fireflies, I suggest you put this on your Bucket List.
Be sure to check into Farm and Fru Fru and read about her HOLY COWS.