I was thinking of all the fun and budget friendly Summer activities that we need to add to our bucket list and bug catching came to mind. Then a friend on facebook mentioned that Lightning Bugs are so special they need their own spot on the list. I definitely agree with her. I grew up in the country and Lightning Bugs were pretty common place. Now that we are raising four kids while being in town it’s a little harder at times to find them.
Just a few days ago we ran out of mayo but I keep the plastic jar for just a time as catching bugs. I knew Big Red would enjoy chasing, collecting, and observing them.
My sister was over and we were out on the front porch swinging Lil’ Red when I caught site of a Lightning Bug out of the corner of my eye. I ran inside and grabbed the Bug Jar so we could enjoy them once we caught them.
I think this may have been Big Red’s first time chasing them on his own without big siblings to “interfere”, lol. He didn’t see them at first but that was because I only saw 2!
We caught them both to observe for a couple minutes and then let them go. We opened the jar and tipped it slightly so one would crawl out to walk on Big Red’s hand. He was very intrigued! I think next time we will try at Grandma’s house when hundreds are lighting up the evening sky.