Lightning Bugs or Fireflies?

Depending on where you grew up, you might call them Lightning Bugs or you might call them Fireflies. Whatever you call them, they’re members of the Lampyridae family of insects. Lampyridae comes from a Greek word that means “to shine.” And that reminds us of all the times we’ve sung “Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!” together.

We carefully poked holes in the top of our jar before we went out into the dusky yard to catch some lightning bugs. We only kept them for a short time before letting them go. But aren’t they amazing? Have you seen any lightning bugs (or fireflies) this summer?

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