Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Fireflies? Sweet!

I had a thought today. Surprised? What makes a lightning bug light?

Once upon a time when I was a little sprout (and supposed to be asleep), I wakened my dear mother after seeing a bug in my room! She dutifully came and squished it's little bug guts all over the wall. When the light was turned back off, the guts were glowing! They stayed alight for a minute or two and scared the bejeebers out of me. Now that I'm old(er) I can appreciate the wonder of God's "technology" that is awe-inspiring to man. Or at least to me. Where do you think the idea for florescent lighting came from?

The larva is creepier than the firefly, but isn't it cool how it glows continually? Apparently they taste bad and the glowing warns predators away...

4 comments:

Janet said...

I remember accidentally squishing a firely and being very sad about it, but quite fascinated that it didn't give up completely for a few minutes.

That firefly picture is gorgeous.

the planet of janet said...

never saw fireflies as a kid!

thanks for stopping by today -- and you are welcome on my planet any time!

Nature Nut said...

I love fireflies! God's creations are great in deed!

becky said...

to me, that looks like a centipede with a glowing butt!! i was just thinking about that the other day...how they glow...kaeden LOVED it! he says BUG! BUG! if it were a centipede..i dont think i would like it as much