05 July 2011

Firefly on the window

Fireflies have been coming out in throngs every night around our house. They are always enchanting to watch. This one landed on the kitchen window the other night.


Besides the light producing organ near the end of the abdomen, the eyes are also noteworthy. I didn't know fireflies had such big eyes. This is, however, not surprising; an animal that finds its prospective mates by mutual light signals in the dark would be expected to have evolved large eyes.

5 comments:

Snail said...

Have you tried communicating with them by switching a flashlight on and off?

AYDIN ÖRSTAN said...

I wouldn't know what to say...

Adorably Dead said...

Ah fireflies. One of the few insects I'm not afraid of touching. So cute!

Snail said...

I've tried it occasionally. I'm not sure what I've been saying to them, but it's led to some awkward moments!

I'd love to be able to photograph that lovely yellow-green glow.

Kat said...

Oh, cool! I've never seen a picture of them from that angle, how interesting!

(oh, and your window needs washing :p )