Yesterday evening I got in touch with my inner 7-year-old and caught fireflies. πŸ™‚ I was surprised that the hardest part wasn’t catching them, but actually taking a picture of them in the jar!

So after a lot of patience waiting for multiple fireflies to light up at once, here is my best shot…

This might be a fun summer activity for kids! Most cameras these days allow you to adjust the shutter speed. So, just set your shutter for 2 or 3 or more seconds, place your camera on something steady so it won’t move and cause blur and try to capture the light!

Happy Monday!

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10 Responses to Fireflies

  1. Frank Rue says:

    My wife tells me that if you put them in a dark room and flash a light at them (flashlight or camera flash), they will respond. Maybe that’ll help for next time? πŸ™‚

  2. We did this once in Iowa summertime and never did make any kind of Flashlight.

    Of course we had a clear glass jar.


  3. Annie says:

    In our neck of the woods, we call them lightning bugs. When the kiddos were little, we’d go outside in our pjs at dusk and catch them. The kids wouldn’t know which direction to run first! So many lights,…which one to go after? And yes, if you have them in a jar and it’s dark in the room, they will flash back at you if you flash a flashlight on them. If you read “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver, she writes about visiting Amish friends and one night they are driving in their friend’s field when they stop and shut off the headlights of the car. After a bit, their Amish friend, David, tells them to flash their headlights on and off. She writes that what happened next was surreal. After the bright flash of the headlights, the field went black, and then, like a wave, a million lights flashed back in unison. David called it Country-kid fireworks. Enjoy catching those fireflies with the kids! πŸ™‚

  4. Oh my goodness – how amazing. I’ve never seen fireflies, only read about them.

  5. Sandy says:

    I love fire flies and particularly when my backyard toad eats them! Really hard to hide when your throat is glowing. πŸ™‚

    We have a very slim crop of fire flies this year due to the drought……. Nature’s balance is a bit out of whack this summer.

  6. Leilani says:

    We can all benefit from getting in touch with our inner seven year old more often! I took a couple of entomology classes last summer and had a blast collecting insects. Playing in, excavating and exploring creek/river beds is another favorite. These things keep us young and are a lot cheaper than psychotherapy…..

  7. Caitlyn M. says:

    I wish we had fireflies here in the Northwest! πŸ™ That is one downside to Oregon… None of those fun little bugs.

    On a side note, I nominated the Polyface Henhouse for the Sunshine Blog Award!

  8. I have the same wish as Caitlyn M. That jar looks so amazing to me! I have never seen fireflies yet, despite the fact that some ares of Canada do have them, they are not in the PNW, and though I’ve been back East plenty, I’ve never been in the right place to see them. Maybe someday.

  9. That jar of fireflies is amazing!! I lived in Indiana many moons ago and so enjoyed the magic of them. Wish we could have them in California!!