The asclepias are buzzing. I guess soon we should start looking for caterpillars if we want to bring them in to examine like last year. Lots of pretty butterflies abound. Since I've decided to become a butterfly expert (well, the idea is there, the execution of the plan has not yet begun), I've become less terrified of the creatures. I can even get sort of close with my camera and not have goosebumps in fear that they'll fly back at me.
Ah...fireflies. The other day, my older daughter told me that the last of the official signs of summer (pool opened, school out, etc.) have been revealed - the first firefly of the season. I thought it would be interesting to post this because I figure they must be a cool local thing, but apparently fireflies thrive in just about every country of the world (is this true??).
Ok, you may know I don't like bugs and lightning bugs are no exception. I do have to admit how incredibly neato they are though. When I was young and children played outdoors until bedtime we collected the flashing bugs - in our hands, in nets, in jars...the really brave and patient kids would have a jar full of them. Here's another "fond" memory (not really because it's just mean, ok? but I was a kid and didn't know better): smearing a bug on the cement and seeing a streak of glowing light. Just so you know, it's possible to do this on your arm or leg too!
Do you have fireflies in your area? What are your "fond" memories?