The firefly’s flame

The firefly’s flame

is something for which science has no name

I can think of nothing eerier

Than flying around with an unidentified glow on a person’s posterior.

– Ogden Nash

I wrote a note for myself in 2006 that included the above Ogden Nash verse. My grandfather had wanted to share this with my uncle’s dad as they both appeared to have diseases that could not be diagnosed, much like Nash’s view of the firefly’s rear.

Also, according to an entomology professor at Purdue, frogs can glow after eating fireflies. The same Purdue, this time the news service, gives a good overview of fireflies while softly debunking Nash’s interpretation.

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