Mom! You Need to Blog This!

The title of this post was inspired by my 10-year-old son, who said after we witnessed what you’ll read below:”Mom, you need to blog this!”

It is great fun and quite interesting to explore at night in the country. We have quite a few nighttime friends including countless toads and tiny little tree frogs which Mo held in his hand. 20130610-163604.jpg
This last weekend we also witnessed fireflies, better known as lightning bugs around here, in a way we never have before.

They lit up our yard and the hill behind our house in a simply beautiful dance of flashing lights!
The girls and Mo chased them all over the yard and filled a jar I found with these amazing insects, which are actually beetles. 20130610-164122.jpg
Then Mo found the toad and the conversation turned toward the natural order of things. Some of you are probably guessing where I’m going with this.

Yes, much to Li’l Miss’s protests, Mo with my blessings put the toad into the jar with the fireflies.

And an experiment was born.

It didn’t take long for nature to take its course. Yes the toad ate a firefly and even Li’l Miss was excited to observe what happened next.

The firefly continued to light up INSIDE the toad except it was glowing red instead of green.

And the moral of this post is that fireflies will get eaten by toads and from our observation they continue to glow.

Poor little firefly. Wish I had a photo but it just wouldn’t take in the dark. You will have to trust me or maybe try it for yourself! 😀


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