Summer’s end

3 September 2009 24 Comments Home » Insects etc.

Dusk comes earlier, everyone around me seems more hurried, the end of summer is closer.

The firefly below is gone now, but it sparks memories of later sunsets, louder crickets and longer evenings.
Firefly by Rick Lieder


  • Diana Alva said:

    Wow, did you see the bugs of Japan? . . . Whoa!

  • Patty Peters said:

    This evokes the best memories of Michigan summers. Thanks.

  • Rick said:

    Thanks, Patty. No more courtship in the grass till next year.

  • Susan Peel said:


  • Denice Brown said:

    The fireflies in Indiana are all over.

    Dusk sends them skyward, as if floating back up to the stars they once fell from.

  • Rick said:

    Thanks Sue and Denice. I wish they were still around and I had more time with them each night.

  • Bogdan Ciocşan said:

    Wonderful shot, great use of depth of field :)

    what lens did you use here ?

  • Rick said:

    Glad you liked it, Bogdan. Hello to Romania. Do you have fireflies there?

    The lens was a 90mm f/2.8 macro.

  • Michael Sinclair said:

    Another very fine photograph!

  • Rick said:

    Thanks Michael, not enough summer.

  • Martha said:

    Beautiful, I’m so sorry the light bugs are done… way too short a time to enjoy them.

  • Rick said:

    Never enough time, there adult lives are short, they live for love and are gone.

  • Old Duffer said:

    We visit Ohio this summer. It was the first time that I had ever seen a firefly. Amazing to watch at night!

    Old Duffer

  • Rick said:

    Hope you see many more fireflies, David.

  • Bogdan Ciocsan said:

    Rick: we do have fireflies, but i haven’t seen one for ages I think. Usually at the countryside you can find plenty of them during May, but since I live in a pretty crowded city, I think it drives them away.

    Thanks for the info btw, the 90mm seems to be a great lens.

  • Rick said:

    I wonder which species of fireflies you have in Romania?

    I’m glad the info helped, Bogdan.

  • Bogdan Ciocsan said:

    I think this is the most common type of firefly you could find here in Romania, but I’m not a specialist and I couldn’t tell you for sure about other species, for the one in the link I’m sure as I saw plenty when I was at the countryside in my childhood.

    I just searched on wikipedia:

  • Rick said:

    Thanks Bogdan. I think the biggest difference between Lampyris_noctiluca and the most common fireflies here is that the females don’t have wings, but the males do. And the noctiluca males do not glow, whereas most fireflies we see here are the glowing , flying males.

    I’d like to photograph the different firefly species all over the world.

  • Alex said:

    That is a simply fantastic photograph, Rick. Very impressive.

  • Rick said:

    Thanks Alex. I wish their mating season didn’t end so soon.

  • Myrmecos Blog said:

    Elsewhere on the bug blogs: Rick Lieder shoots a firefly at sunset.

    Alex Wild of the Myrmecos Blog.

  • Diane said:

    Beautiful . . . So majestic, perched, overlooking his kingdom. Wonderful shot Rick.

    Do you remember all the fireflies in Burroughs? . . . They were breathtaking when the weather was inviting. Are you familiar with an artist named Michael Monroe from Brighton who paints local Michigan wildlife? . . . You both have amazing talent.

  • Rick said:

    Thanks Diane. I’ll never forget those summer fireflies at Burroughs Farms.

  • Anonymous said:

    Nice to know you remember too! I think the firefly is probably my favorite insect…and you captured it so beautifully…I just ordered your book Bee Dreams to see if I can apprciate (and overcome) fear of bees. Looking forward to enjoying it!

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