As one of America's favorite pastimes for both children and adults alike, many a summer evening has been spent in the pursuit of catching fireflies. This popular mid-summer's night pastime has been the tie that binds generations together. These timeless, glowing creatures have played a key role in tradition and myth throughout history. The Chinese thought the twinkling creatures came from burning grass and often put fireflies in a transparent box for use as a lantern, whereas European legend warned that if a firefly, otherwise known as a lightning bug, flew into the window, someone would soon pass away. American Indians were said to have collected fireflies in order to smear them on their faces and chests during decoration rituals, and Aztecs used the term metaphorically, meaning a spark of knowledge in a world of ignorance and darkness.
Still symbolic today, the firefly signifies inspiration, illumination, patience, attraction, energy, hope, aspiration, guidance and awakening. Fireflies offer guidance into a soul-friendly, simple way of living and bear a message of creativity, reminding everyone that existence is made lighter by the beauty one allows into their life. Join us now in learning how this creature can convert chemical energy into light, and what advancements have been made by researching the science behind the magical glow.