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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Something to Ponder

Hi Friends,

I finally did get out on the deck the other night where something caught my eye and made me think. It was a lightening bug. (Some people call them "fire flies".) Bigify the picture to get a look at one all lit up.

See what I mean? You never even see them fly by and then all of a sudden they light up right in mid air. Fascinating!

Where do they get that light? Do they have little headlights in them that light up for a few seconds and then turn off? How are lightening bugs powered? Do they have miniature batteries in them? If so, where do they charge these little batteries? Lightening bugs can't keep buying new batteries since they don't have any money, so they must have battery charging stations hidden somewhere where they can go during the day to get recharged. That would explain why we don't see them in the daytime. They are at the recharging station. This makes perfect sense. I know they can't possibly all have extension cords that long. What do you think? Any ideas?



TwoSpecialWires said...

We saw some on our trip this summer. Fascinating little critters. We figure they are solar powered. And we wonder what happens if we swallow them. We never got close enough to one to find out, but are wondering if you know?

Jake and Fergs xxoo

Maggie and Mitch said...

You are so smart, Koobie! We never thought about what makes a lightning bug light up before! We wonder if he would burn your mouth if you tried to eat him?!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Joe Stains said...

We don't have fireflies here, so it must be something that you have there that we do not here. hm, maybe seasons?? LOL

Gus said...

OK, here is my closely guarded theory...

Lightning bugs are a highly advanced SCU (Self Contained Unit) and the create their own power by waving their wings up and down. They can store power for future us, and it takes a lot of up and downs to make the rear end light up for a little while, so that is why you don't always see the light.

It goes like this: Upanddownupanddownupanddownupanddownupandown Glow Glide powerdown, repeat.

Hope that helps


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Ah yes!

Once again, WFT have show their highly developed intelligence!

Grrrreat work Koobie and Gussie!


Mango said...

That is curious indeed. I have never seen one, but, then, I don't see much if it happens fast.


The OP Pack said...

Those fireflies are fascinating. We see them here too. We can be sitting on the deck and all of a sudden there is one right before our eyes.

If you find out their secret, let us know, we would love to be know that too.

Tail wags, the OP pack

Ms. Creek said...

i think your deductions are brilliant!

i was 11 the first time i saw one and they are soooo cool!

but not as cool as you!

Dewey Dewster said...


We rarely see lightenin' bugs around here anymore....when we do it's somethin' special.....there was an article in the paper a short time ago that said they are really beetles....which didn't sit well with Gram cause she sees the beetles eatin' the leaves of 'er roses til they look like a bad case of swiss cheese.

But yer ruminations are extremely well versed and we hope ya find the answer ta yer questions.....seems like Gus had the answers straight away....

Stay cool.....

Dewey Dewster here....

Lorenza said...

Hi, Koobie!
I think they come with batteries included!
Kisses and hugs

Eric said...

Hmmm . No lightening bugs on this side of the pee Koobie so that is another thing to ponder.

Would their wings get tired with flip flapping such a long way? Would they know to fly drive on the left side? And go the right way round the roundabouts? And crickey.If they plug themselves in would they have the correct adapters? And realise we have a different voltage? So many thinks to work out.Worn me out I need a nap now.

Wiry wags n kissies Eric xxx

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