This week’s Outdoor Hour Challenge was on moths and fireflies. It’s an interesting combination, for sure, because most people tend to think of fireflies as really pretty and moths as quite the opposite!
To do this challenge, we stayed outside from sunset until dark doing our observations. As the sun was setting, noticed that moths of several different sizes started to congregate on our front porch, which provided a great opportunity for the kids to get some up-close viewing. We turned on our porch light, which attracted a ton of them, as well as a couple other insects.
The firefly part of the study was interesting. A month ago, we would look out into the fields and there would be thousands of fireflies all lit up at once. They’d only be over the longer fields surrounding our property and not over our newly cut grass. It was a wonderful show. But lately, it’s been over 90 degrees during the day with heat indices of over 100 degrees. When we went out to do our observations, we saw *maybe* two dozen fireflies, max, in 20 minutes. Such a huge difference in one month’s time! Because there weren’t many, we couldn’t catch any to observe in the bug jars. However, earlier this year, we did catch a few in jars before releasing them again.