Thursday, June 2, 2011

I don't know what it is....but it glows in the dark!!

The other evening Don was mowing the lawn and somehow it got dark outside!? A tiny glowing dot caught his eye and, of course, he had to share it with me. I do love things that glow in the dark. I always have. When I was in 2nd grade I received a glow in the dark statue of the Madonna for being able to recite "The Lords Prayer" in Church School. In my personal search for that transcendental experience of being submersed in the glow of my Madonna figurine, I decided that leaving it on top of my bedroom lamp with the light bulb on, full glow saturation would be achieved. Sadly, that wasn't what happened, and the smell of melting plastic was impossible to clear from the house that night. Back to the bug.

I tried very hard to steady my hand to take a photo. Hand held wasn't the way to go, I know, but I was way too lazy to set up the tripod. So what looks like a full worm glowing is really just the tip of the insect reinterpreted with a shaky, long exposure. I do love that color!

And here's the little bugger the next day in the sunlight. Very cool, I think. I love the salmon pink color and shrimp-like appearance. A great color combination with it's neon green glow at night.

Here's a photo I found on the web - I think it's the same bug, but his one is a little more developed. My guess is that it's a glow worm. Anyone?


Blogger Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Linda Googled and a glowworm is a firefly larvae. I've never seen one, how beautiful!


June 4, 2011 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger Linda Ellett said...

Hi Loretta! And so it is......I googled but never got the connection with the firefly and larvae!

June 4, 2011 at 10:29 PM  

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