Fireflies Light the Night at Beechwood Inn

Fireflies Light the Night at Beechwood Inn: In our wonderful North Georgia Mountains early summer nights are epitomized the luminescent flying beetle – the firefly or lightning bug.  Come sit on one of our porches at Beechwood Inn and take in Mother Nature’s light show!

Fireflies Light the Night at Beechwood Inn

Fireflies Light the Night at Beechwood Inn – North Georgia Mountains

In our wonderful North Georgia Mountains early summer nights are epitomized the luminescent flying beetle – the firefly or lightning bug.  Come sit on one of our porches or in one of our quiet yet comfortable gardens at Beechwood Inn and take in Mother Nature’s light show! Truly, there are few things in this world that are more fascinating and exciting than a field or forest of flickering fireflies.

As a matter of interest, the firefly is quite an exquisite insect. The
light that emanates from the abdomen is cold light and is the result of a reaction between two chemicals – luciferin and luciferase.  Each species of firefly has its own flashing code or rhythm that other members can recognize for mating purposes.  Even their larva is bioluminescent. You remember the old song “Glow Little Glow Worm.” Well before the fireflies take flight you can see their larva close to the soils surface as glowworms. In April or May you can walk our field and see tiny little spots of light just beneath the soil’s surface, indicating the beetles are ready to pupate into adults.

Scientists believe that one reason fireflies and their larva illuminate is to tell predators, “Hey!  We aren’t very tasty!”  It’s true.  Many luminescent creatures do not make good meals for other animals – they are quite bitter.  So, not only is their glorious glow attractive to humans and other fireflies, it’s also a deterrent to others who may seek to do them harm.

So, why is Beechwood Inn a good place to see fireflies?  First of all, fireflies like cool, moist air.  Our summer mountain air is the perfect habitat for these lovely living lights.  Also, fireflies seem to typically congregate around the edges of woods and around moisture but away from city lights.  Therefore, our 5 acre retreat beckons to many species of these lovely wood sprites, even the illusive Blue Ghost firefly. It‘s peculiar glow is steady rather than flickering and is quite cool and blue. They congregate about knee high and perform some aerobatics to attract a mate.

As a child I enjoyed catching fireflies. This sweet pastime doesn’t have to belong only to the young.  The young at heart can participate too, and perhaps even enjoy the activity more.  Because of deeper knowledge and understanding of fireflies, adults can sit and marvel at the chemical romance that occurs in a container full of fireflies.  One should be very careful when catching fireflies as they are delicate creatures and their numbers are dwindling.  First of all, be sure to have a glass container that has holes poked in the lid for air, but not as large as we poked for our grandkids as evidenced by their escape overnight in our house.

Be very gentle and use a soft insect net when catching and placing the lighting bugs in your container.  You don’t want to hurt their fragile wings and bodies.  Most importantly, do not keep your fireflies in captivity for more than a day.  While you have them in their temporary “homes” watch them as they light up their small space.  Really study their amazing little bodies.  The next night, release them away from bright light, and let them fly away to find their mates in peace.

Beauty can be found in the tiniest of things and when you’re here at Beechwood Inn we want you to rest and realize what a wonderful world we inhabit.  Take a night and enjoy our quiet retreat and frolic with our fireflies!  Be enchanted by their strobe light abdomens and see if these tender, little fliers don’t endear themselves to you.

Fireflies Light the Night at Beechwood Inn By David and Gayle Darugh, Innkeepers, Beechwood Inn http;//beechwoodinn.ws

North Georgia Fireflies and Lightening Bugs

Fireflies (LIghtening Bugs) are sensitive to pesticides. At Beechwood Inn we tend our gardens and pastures as carefully as possible to make a safe habitat for all creatures. Beechwood Inn is also a Certieid National Wildlife Habitat.