I have fond memories of chasing and catching lightning bugs at dark as a child. My siblings and I would catch them and put them into a jar. We would set them beside our bed as night lights. It was something fun that I enjoyed passing onto my son. He caught his first lightning bug with me when he was 2. He has such a kind heart, he didn’t want to keep them in his room. He insisted that we let them go before we went in for the evening. I was also with my nieces the first time they both caught their first lightning bug. I love passing on this childhood memory.
I noticed that on one of the trails behind my house, lightning bugs are everywhere. I talked my son into take a walk with me and grabbed a jar on our way out. When he started to see the lightning bugs he got so excited. We ended up catching over 30. It was very exciting for him and I loved to watch him get excited about watching them light up.
He still has his kind heart. When we got home, he set the jar in the front yard and took the lid off. We sat and watched as they all flew away one by one, lighting up the front yard.