Were they not there before? Or did I just spend less time in the park at that hour before I had a dog?
I just learned these fascinating facts about fireflies:
- Many species are predators.
- Their light emission is caused by an enzyme called luciferase, implying that at some point their bioluminesce was considered satanic.
- One kind of female firefly mimics the mating flashes of other fireflies so males are attracted to her, then eats them. She, of course, is known as the femme fatale.
None of this diminishes my sense of wonder when I see the tiny lights surrounding me. Have I wandered into a magical production of A Midsummer Night's Dream? Or are there thousands of Tinkerbells in the world, just waiting for me to believe and clap my hands?
This artiste apparently shares this feeling, as she created a lovely image that captures it.
The image below, found at Chaotic Utopia, is jaw-dropping, but more mundane somehow. Less really is more.