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Sunday, July 14, 2013

For My Friends Without Fireflies



A few comments on my post about my cats laying in the grass
  at dusk, waiting for the fireflies to appear, made me realize that
  not everyone knows what fireflies are!  I didn't know that Great
  Britain and the Western US don't, among other places.  Having
always lived in the Midwest, I grew up with them!
They appear here mid June and stay through the first frost.
It was always fun as kids to put as many as we could catch
into a jar to create a lantern.

For my firefly-less friends, I found a youtube video for you!
Now if you can just imagine crickets chirping while you watch,
you'll know just what a summer night is like in Ohio. :)
You do have crickets, don't you?  :)

So, this is for Taria and Jenny and anyone else that has never
had the pleasure of experiencing a lightning bug show!
Make the video full screen to get the best effect!
Evening gets darker the further into the video you go.



39 comments:

  1. smiles...look at your heart...giving others fireflies...they are magic...love to sit on the deck and watch them...

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    1. everybody needs to sit and watch fireflies, don't they? :)

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  2. Oh I want to see fireflies...in person. Thanks, this may be the closest I'll ever get!

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    1. OH, and you, too! But you have lemon and palm trees! Sigh! :)

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    2. Wanda needs to come east before October...

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    3. well, I think that's a great idea! :)

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  3. So true! We don't have them in England and I LOVE them here in the US!
    Mary x

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  4. This is a lovely video Beth, look amazing! We have too someones but in Summer too! But not always I can see:)
    Look nice!

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    1. I can't take their picture! It doesn't come out right. I need to figure that out! They are pretty, though...so fun for the kids, too!

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    2. Is it really cold there now? Any frost?

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  5. I have never seen them but I have heard of them.
    They look like special effects or superimposed.
    We have nothing like that out here, except Big Foot but that's not even close.

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    1. Big Foot. ha. Have you seen him? :)

      It's kind of amazing that the whole country doesn't have fireflies...maybe not in the desert but anywhere insects can live, I'd think they could! Who knew some people have never seen them! I guess it's kind of like Floridians never seeing snow before. ha.

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    2. I think we, up here in N.W., have to much RAIN.
      Now, we do have slugs. And when our friends from Texas came to visit, their son had never seen moss.
      He wanted to take some home. LOL

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    3. Oh, that's hilarious. What boy wouldn't want slugs and moss? haha.

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  6. My dad was from Ohio! I remember going to visit his family once during my childhood and catching fireflies in a jar. That was a lot of fun!

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  7. I actually saw some lightening bugs flying about outside the house this year. We don't have so many close by because of the orchard spray, but they are one of my favorite summer sights. Perhaps I'll have to don some bug spray and find a nice dark field in which to watch them. :)

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    1. I'd have to use a lot of bug spray. Mosquitoes love me. :(

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    2. They love me too. Maybe I'll just turn off the lights and watch your video again. :)

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  8. We do have grasshoppers! The grandchildren were examining one closely a few days ago. It would be great to have a few fireflies about, though.

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    1. those twin girls would love lightning bugs! Wish i could send you a jar full! ha.

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  9. I have to admit Betsy that I had no idea what fireflies were until now, interesting video!

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    1. well, now you know! They are very cool!

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  10. Fireflies always make me smile... they immediately bring back memories of fun summer nights as a child. blessings ~ tanna

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  11. Good Sunday morning! I missed your post yesterday .. life in downstate Illinois provided all we kids with free entertainment lasting through the summer. Jars and jars of magical lightening bugs / fireflies. Entrancing.

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    1. I grew up in Illinois for several years :) Normal, Decatur and Champaign!

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  12. thank you so much for sharing Betsy! I really enjoyed seeing these wonderful bugs. they are magical. I watch your blog and realize your Ohio is full of beauty. fireflies in real life are on my bucket list but this was very fun!
    taria

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    1. You're very welcome! Seeing them in person is a really fun and cool thing to put on a bucket list!

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  13. Nope, don't have those here
    Near my little rhyming rear
    Have crickets though
    But they are less fun of a show

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    1. Crickets aren't near as fun
      and can keep you awake a ton.
      Will you have A/C at the new rent?
      Can't wait to see if the cats get bent.
      ha.

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  14. Magical, indeed! Have you heard the song "Fireflies" by Owl City? http://youtu.be/psuRGfAaju4

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  15. Mesmerising! Have not seen these since I was a kid... don't have any downtown here that I have ever noticed. Doesn't get dark enough to see them if they were here. Love the sounds of crickets too - a beautiful summer night chant. I enjoyed how we heard a few seconds of two male voices with one saying, "I'm playing." Adults need to play more often, don't you think?!

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  16. Yay, this has made my evening! I never saw anything like those before. How amazing and how pretty. We don't have crickets either, though some places get smaller grasshoppers. I just had a 'first' though - saw a jay raking moss out of the rain-gutters of the school opposite my house. We have them in the woods nearby but I never saw a jay right in Saltaire before.

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  17. Separated at birth...check out my blog today! Ha!

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