How long do lightening bugs live? Followed by, My Dad’s a Genius

I was helping my 6-year-old daughter with her homework tonight. It was a project on insects. She chose the firefly, so we were debating the ins and outs of color, number of legs, etc. We were at the kitchen counter when she asked a question from further down the worksheet. “How long do lightening bugs live, daddy?” Not having any background in entomology, I was stumped. Thankfully, there was a laptop to my left, so I launched Google, asked the question, then found the answer (2 years by the way) all within about 30 seconds.

Honestly, how cool is it that in today’s world we can have answers that fast? We then set out to to search for more answers about said insect and found a world of information. Who knows how she’ll teach her kids . . .

. . . but for now, anyway, to her I’m a genius.


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