We’ve noticed lots of fireflies in recent days – or, rather, nights – and they’re just delightful to witness.
The Free Press looked into the abundance of the little flying lanterns and bug experts say our wetter than normal spring seems to have spawned more of them than usual. The article also revealed that they’re randy little bugs. When they’re glowing, they’re either trying to attract a mate or responding to one that has already flickered by saying, yeah baby, your garden or mine? If you followed a firefly you’d apparently end up at a tree leaf that has a miniature stereo playing smooth jazz and two tiny glasses of wine.
How many of these horny little creatures will end up alone, in a jar, for a child’s amusement? One can only guess. There is one species of firefly, not found around here, whose females light up their bellies to attract a male who shows up, thinking he’s going to get lucky, only to have her eat him. And fireflies offer another reason to hate spiders: they feed on the little light-makers. That’s just more reason for the tread of my shoe to get revenge on spiders for beautiful fireflies everywhere.