She found a nest of lightning bugs! They were a couple of little larva that had a teeny tiny glow to them. She tried to get a photo of them but they disappeared into the ground before she could get one.
There were a couple of full grown lightning bugs hanging out around under the tree too.
Did you know there are almost 2,000 lightning bug species? That is a lot of variations! We also have a nest of them back by the pond. Ma says she needs to plant some flowers around the pond but she is afraid she will disturb a nest. You really don't know there is a nest until you are right on top of it.
5 Facts about Lightning Bugs
- Lightning bugs/fireflies are not actually flies but beetles.
- Lightning bugs lay their eggs underground. The larva love to eat snails
- Lightning bugs are found on almost every continent.
- Lightning bugs have a short adult life. They live long enough to mate and lay their eggs
- Lightning bugs communicate with each other with their flashes.
I know there is nothing more relaxing than sitting in the dogzebo with ma at night on a warm summer evening watching the flashes in the air. Its a sure sign of summer.
Do you have lightning bugs where you live?