by Jacquie Peoples Dukes
Beautiful insects that are natural lanterns of the night.
They are always the life of the party for all their short-lived life.
Their tiny orange or yellow head with split black wings hide a hidden treasure.
That thrills, excites, and delights with astounding mystical pleasure.
It prowls the habitat for a twilight date.
It employs bioluminescence to attract a mate.
Trying to avoid the looming, nocturnal,
Mason jar zoo.
They bob and weave and loop de loop.
Lampyridae is hard to say, but scientifically their name.
They love to play “Hide and Seek”
and are experts at the game.
“Lighting Bug” or Firefly”
folks from the North or South both needle.
Ironically, they’re not a bug or a fly,
but classified a beetle.
Quietly upon a Summer’s eve,
on a stealthy mission
They shine some light on a dimming world,
by piercing through
American BeaverKatie Daley
Painted TurtleRebekah Ainsworth
Green DarnerMarion Boyer
Eastern Screech-OwlDr. R. Ray Gehani
Spring PeeperBarbara Sabol
Eastern Carpenter BeeSylvia Clark
Jacob's LadderRisha Nicole
Candleflame LichenClara Britton
Eastern NewtElizabeth Ryan
American BullfrogLaura Grace Weldon
American ChestnutCarrie George
American GoldfinchMarybeth Cieplinski
American Giant MillipedeMary Quade
American HornbeamJeff Gundy
American White WaterlilyGeoffry Polk
Artist’s BracketSusann Moeller
Banded Fishing SpiderCharlie Malone
Common Star-of-BethlehemBrita Alaburda
Common StonefliesKaren Schubert
Eastern ChipmunkNathan Kemp
Eastern Tent Caterpillar MothZachary Thomas
Eastern Red-backed SalamanderTovli Simiryan
Firefly BeetleJacquie Peoples Dukes
Gray CatbirdTheresa Brightman
Great MulleinLaurie Kincer
Green HeronPaula J. Lambert
Interrupted FernKathleen Cerveny
Meadow VoleRoberta Jupin
Monarch ButterflyDeborah Fleming
Pearl CrescentMonica Kaiser
Poison HemlockJon Conley
Red-Headed Ground BeetleBob King
Star JelliesCameron Gorman
Sugar MapleSteve Brightman
Turkey VultureLaura Grace Weldon
White-footed MouseMichelle Bissell
White-tailed DeerBenjamin Rhodes
Wild CarrotJessica Jones
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