A few nights ago I was returning late from the Mount Pleasant library. Iwas that post-dusk period when the streetlights are on though the dark of night has not completely settled in. I felt a bug near me, swatted at it and stopped. It landed on the sidewalk in front of me. It was hardy without being something radioactive. I recognized the shape, and I was right. In a few seconds it lifted off, flew a few feet and then fanned open its cargo bay and gave off a glow. One or two other bugs did the same. Some insects seem so friendly! I am accustomed to seeing lightning bugs or fireflies in June in the Midwest. DC in August? That was a surprise.
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