How You Can Make Money By Catching Lightning Bugs

Looking to make some extra cash? Here’s a fun way you may have never thought about. Remember those glowing little bugs you used to catch as a child? Well, now The Firefly Project Of Tennessee is offering 50 cents for every gram of fireflies you catch and turn in. That’s about $2 per 100 insects. If you are looking to get rich, this may not be the solution for you. But you can have some fun while earning a few dollars to spend on ice cream or the movies this summer.

Why Do the Researchers Need Fireflies?Firefly

Researchers are studying fireflies to better understand the bio-chemical reaction involved in making the bug’s tail glow. They will use the gene from the lightning bug as a genetic marker, combining a gene with the one they want. This will enable them to see how much light they are able to produce from the reaction. Other animals, such as deep sea fish have lights like fireflies, but they are much harder to catch.

Getting the Right Kind

Furthermore, researchers need the right type of firefly. Several species exists in Tennessee, but two are the most prominent. One ofthose two is the one the researchers are after. Luckily, this is the one that is easiest to catch. It has a red head, black back and yellow tail.

The Best Way to Catch Lightning Bugs:

You may recall how to catch fireflies from when you were a kid, but incase you forgot, here’s the best way to go about collecting them:

  • Locate the insects – First, start by finding the bugs. This is not a hard task, since all you really need to do is wait for them to light up.
  • Use the Proper Tools – Once you’ve spotted one, you can then catch it using a net and jar.
  • Freeze the insects– After you have snatched up several of the insects, freeze them that night to preserve the enzyme needed. Make sure you keep the bugs frozen, or they will not be accepted.

Where to Drop the Insects Off:

Now that you have your collection of fireflies, you are ready to turn them in. You can drop them off at the appropriate location depending on where you live. The drop off locations are as follows:

  • Gallatin: The Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce, 118 W. Main St., from 4-4:30 p.m.
  • Goodlettsville: Fire Hall No. 1, 105 Long Hollow Pike, from 2:15-2:45 p.m.
  • Lebanon: Fire Hall No. 1, 209 E. Gay St., from 8:45-9:15 a.m

Make sure you turn them in by July 15, 2014.

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