Flight of the Lightning Bug

Image copyright Barcroft Media, from the Daily Mail

Let’s pretend that today the entire nation isn’t blanketed by a blizzard. Let’s go one step further and pretend people in Chicago aren’t making the blizzard worse than it actually is by driving like they’re from Sarasota. Not that I’m bitter or anything.

Now, for one final step, let’s pretend it’s a dewy English spring evening, and we’re watching fireflies bip around, butts alight like tiny twinking stars. The Daily Mail has a fascinating series of images showing us, in long-exposure form, the flight patterns a lightning bug makes as it drifts through the woods.

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