Tonight I saw my first cicindela.

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  1. wanda says:

    Did it have feathers? Could it fly? Does it like sunflower seeds? I have no idea.

  2. pelerin says:

    Have just googled ‘cicindella’ – and wish I hadn’t! I hope we don’t have those in Britain! And I thought it was an item of ecclesiastical clothing.

  3. wanda says:

    Firefly? Shooting star? Vampire Bat? Yetti?

  4. Discipula says:

    Cicindelas are beautiful beetles and perfectly harmless. They usually live by bodies of water. So, Fr. Z where were you when you saw the cicindela?

  5. irishgirl says:

    So, they’re fireflies?

    If they are, they’re kind of nice to see on a summer’s night.

    Normally, I am not fond of bugs…only ones I like are butterflies and ladybirds…bugs creep me out!

    pelerin-‘I thought it was an article of ecclesiastical clothing’…oh, that’s funny!

  6. wanda says:

    It was a firefly, really? It seems early in the season, but, that’s nice. One of God’s many amazing little wonders.

    (I wonder if the aroma of Sunday’s Supper attracted him?)

  7. tygirwulf says:

    I don’t usually say this, but what a pretty bug!

  8. Maxiemom says:

    I’ll trade you about a thousand stink bugs for one of those.

  9. AnAmericanMother says:

    I’ll trade you 400 million mosquitoes, give or take a few million.

    Caution: Georgia mosquitoes must be registered under the cow ordinance.

    And don’t even get me started on the deerflies. Those things draw blood!

  10. Geremia says:

    From Lewis & Short:
    cicind?la , ae, f. candela,
    I. a glowworm

    From the NOAD:
    a soft-bodied beetle with luminescent organs in the abdomen, esp. the larvalike wingless female, which emits light to attract the flying male.
    • Families Lampyridae and Phengodidae: several genera numerous species including the American Zarhipis integripennis.

    Here’s a picture of a male American version taken on Palomar Mtn. in California, and a movie of the females.

  11. The Cobbler says:

    Take me out to the black
    Tell them I ain’t comin’ back
    Burn the land and boil the sea
    You can’t take the sky from me

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