We went out tonight to Chuck E Cheese because I promised Abby that she would be allowed to climb around in tunnels at home after I wouldn't let her do so at the Spy Museum.  When we came back, we hunted fireflies in the front yard.  It occurred to me with some new camera skills that I'm aquiring that I could capture the lightning bugs on "film", and so I set up the camera on an empty Amazon box (where the heck is my tripod?) and pointed it toward the neighbor's yard.  The exposure time was 8-10 seconds and the F setting was 8, whatever that means.  Anyway, the streaks of yellow you see in the pictures are the bugs.  I'm not sure to where the junebug is indiginous, but I suppose that they're a pretty odd sight if you don't have them locally.  Basically, the bugs blink yellow light every few seconds.  The bugs are very friendly, and you can get them to land on you quite easily, which is what Berta and Abby were doing behind me as the camera ticked through these photos.

Also, I should mention somewhat about our trip to Chuck E Cheese.  Abby crawled through all of the tunnels.  It took a while for her to get up the nerve to climb into them, since they were all situated at the top of a difficult climb (for her).  Eventually she figured out a way to climb up there, though, because she wanted it badly enough, and she couldn't be stopped.  I had to coerce her to come down the spiral slide to trick her into leaving.  Also of note: There was another couple there with their two kids.  I would say that one was slightly younger than Abby, and the other was slightly older than that.  They were both very active, and the parents seemed nice enough.  It's times like these in which I lament my ability to be upfront with strangers and make a friend of myself.  Maybe we'll see them next Wednesday night if we all do this again.  That would be cool, and I would take it as a sign that I should say something friendly to them.

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Cool! Is that Junebug or June bug? A Junebug is a type of beetle too(no light, though).
We have them here too. http://insects.tamu.edu/extension/youth/bug/bug075.html

Fireflies are the Pennsylvania state insect as detailed here “http://sites.state.pa.us/kids/deer.htm#here”
And here
http://www.jacksontwppa.com/pennsylvaniatrivia.htm

Fireflies are indigenous to Pennsylvania and lengthy passages were penned in the personal diary of George Washington during his creation of Braddock’s road in Western Pennsylvania. He remarked that there were so many fireflies that the woods appeared to be speckled with stars. Sorry that I don’t have a copy of the source, which was a history of Pennsylvania written in 1803. I will attempt to find the book title and passage.

Here is another useful link for fireflies

http://www.fcps.k12.va.us/StratfordLandingES/Ecology/mpages/pennsylvania_firefly.htm

That last link is pretty cool. I didn't know that glowworms and fireflies were the same thing, nor that they ate garden slugs.

This page has a picture of a glowworm (firefly larva) eating a snail:
http://members.lycos.co.uk/Mollusks/Schnecken/feinde.html

Also, apparently, fireflies are not junebugs, since although a firefly is a beetle, it does not eat grass.

That is a delayed exposure. It's about 4 seconds. I couldn't figure out how to get a longer exposure without washing out the whole picture in the ambient daylight.

The best picture of the bunch (the top left) was 10 seconds at f/8. f/4.81 looked like high noon in the ambient light, a picture I didn't post because you can't see the bugs at all. I also did a 15 second exposure at f/5.6, but there are only two bugs in view and the picture is very bright, so I didn't post that one either. All of these are digital, which might be obvious, but I didn't mention it before.

I'm sure if I experimented a bit more I could get better, but my kid was hopping around behind me catching fireflies, and thought it better to join her fun and get only a couple pictures than concentrate wholly on the photos.

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