Here in the South, they’re lightning bugs.
One of the clearest memories I have of when I was 4 or 5 is when I stayed out late to catch lightning bugs. Dad claimed that he used to catch lightning bugs when he was a kid and put them in a jar, and that’s how he had enough light to read at night.
I’m pretty sure he was kidding.
Anyway, I saw my first lightning bug of the year tonight. We were driving home after Game 1 of Thing 1’s softball tournament. (It was ugly, but we won 11-7.)
Thing 1 saw them first, then Thing 2, then I did. School’s out, it was in the 90s today, but seeing those lightning bugs really made it feel like summer.