Sunday, July 29, 2007

I need a pack of 100-watt bulbs, please...

Earlier in the afternoon there was a lightning bug crawling on my living room ceiling.
But since it was daytime, I couldn't see if he was lighting up or not.
Do fireflies only light up when it's dark, or is it a chemical reaction that happens all the time, regardless of the surrounding light level?
Now that I think about it, I guess the latter would be true.

Imagine living your whole life with your butt spontaneously glowing every few seconds.
Now imagine if you had to screw in the new bulbs every time they burned out.
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9 comments:

Morgen said...

lightning bugs like up at night.
it's a sex thing.
I'm pretty sure they have control over it, because they can make the flashes come closer together or farther apart, depending on species and mating rituals.
so, all that flashing out there is just one big bug orgy.
and you're stuck in the middle with a light bulb up your butt.

metalmom said...

LMOA@ Morgen!! I have a large yard with 19 trees. It gets plenty dark and now I'll never be out there at night....I NEVER want to stumble upon an orgy!! Unless I was invited in the first place!

Simply Bananas said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and you may be 100% correct, I will not try to argue the point either.I am not foolish enough to even think I know more because I seldom do.I hope you enjoyed your stay and come back often.

Mr. Fabulous said...

Damn, I can't remember the last time I even saw a lightening bug.

Steven said...

Lightening bugs have total control over their lighting function. Its purpose it as Morgen says...to attract mates. When a certain type of of male lightning bugs gather together, they mysteriously begin to flash simultaneously...Way cool!

Morgiana Le Fey said...

they're called fireflies, dammit (.-;; heh...kinda like, "that's not a rabbit, that's a bunny!"

tah-dah!

Janna said...

Morgen: Wow! Thanks for the entomology lesson! Now can you help me pull out this light bulb?

Metalmom: I've never been invited to an orgy...

Simply bananas: Thanks for visiting!

Mr. Fab: There aren't any in Florida???

Steve: Fascinating!

Morgian: That's not a baritone; it's a euphonium!

Lynda said...

I love Lightning bugs. But I call them fireflies. Remind me to tell you a story about that one day.

Janna said...

Lynda: Tell me a story about that one day!