Use A FireFly To Play Hide And Seek And Backpack

Have you ever chased after a firefly on a late summer evening.  Perhaps you know the firefly by a different name such as winged beetles or lightning bugs for their ability to light up at night and attract mates or prey. Fireflies actually produce a “cold light”, with no infrared or ultraviolet frequencies. This chemically produced light from the lower abdomen may be yellow, green, or pale-red.  There are 2,000 species of firefly. Many are in marshes or in wet, wooded areas. These larvae emit light and are often called “glowworms”.

Why do fireflies glow?
One reason that fireflies glow is to attract a mate. Males and females of the same species will flash signals

You can catch a Firefly and wear a firefly too

You can catch a Firefly and wear a firefly too

back and forth as a way of communicating. Each firefly species has its own particular pattern. For example, the fireflies of one species will fly around in the night sky and dive steeply just as the flash begins and turn upward to make a distinctive J-shaped pattern of light. Female fireflies hang out on a tree branch or in the grass while the males fly around showing off their best flashes. When a female recognizes the flash from a male of the same species, she will answer with her best flash.

Another reason that fireflies glow is to avoid predators. Fireflies are filled with a nasty tasting chemical called lucibufagens, and after a predator gets a mouthful, it quickly learns to associate the firefly’s glow with this bad taste! So not only does the flashing help attract a mate, but it also warns predators to stay away.

Having this chemical is so important for survival that one species of firefly that can’t make this chemical acquires it by eating other species that can make it. They do this by mimicking the flash pattern of another species and luring them in close. The unsuspecting male firefly thinks he is going to find a mate, but instead becomes a tasty treat to the tricky firefly. Talk about a bad date!

You can also rub the firefly chemical on your cheeks to create glowing stripes late and night then play fun hide and seek games with kids.  I’ve done this with my kids and it was a lot of fun.

When it comes to backpacks, A great entry-level external frame backpack is the Firefly backpack from Outdoor Products.  It is equipped for a variety of overnight excursions. The Firefly includes a large top-loading main compartment, dual side pockets, and large front and bottom pockets with access to the mainbody, giving you 3,750 cubic inches of space in which to store your gear. The pack excels from a hydration standpoint as well, with an interior hydration-ready pouch that holds a 2-liter bladder (sold separately) and a pair of side pouches designed for easy water-bottle access (each holds a 0.5-liter water bottle, also sold separately). Additional storage stems from the lashing tab on the bottom, which can hold

Firefly Frame Pack - Back Packs

Firefly Frame Pack - Back Packs

such items as a rolled-up tent or sleeping bag. More importantly for your health, the Firefly’s mesh suspension system keeps you cool even while hauling a huge load, while the ultra-padded shoulder straps and hip belt distribute the weight evenly across your back and hips. The result is a pack that feels comfortable even after several hours on the trail.

External frame packs are very good at focusing the weight of a load directly to the right place: your load-loving hips. External packs also offer easy access to your gear via multiple, easily-accessible compartments. External packs don’t situate the load directly against your back, you’ll enjoy far more air flow. Finally, if you’re on a budget, or you’re buying for a growing child, external packs are more affordable.

Summary: Whether you wear a firefly on you cheeks or on your back, they are both fun to wear outdoors.  Add Firefly external backpacks to your families camping gear so you really enjoy your next outdoor adventure and remember, “The Joy is in the Journey”.

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