Gintong Aral

Why Fireflies Have Lights

Fireflies were simply "flies" a longtime
ago before they were called fireflies. But
they did not fly around dirt or garbage
dumps like ordinary flies do. They liked flying
around star apple trees. The tree and
its fruit so mesmerized them that they
frequented star apples when the day started
to fade out. And they especially became
a gleeful congregation around the tree
when the night became very dark. At
such time, they only had the moonlight
to guide them and see everything around

Then one night, as they were flying
around the star apple tree, they noticed
the twinkling stars above. That time a tribe
have been languished and famished by
a long hunting travel and had ended up
in the middle of the forest with nothing to
eat. It had been so dark, but suddenly
the nocturnal clouds were parted and
revealed the silvery full moon and the

With aid from the faint light lent by
the moon and stars, they were able to
make out a tree nearby. They climbed it
and ate its edible and soft, apple-like fruit.
It was so sweet and fibrous, re-energizing
them for the long trek the next day. The
tribe had called the tree and its fruits star
apple, imagining that it was a gift from
the stars. So, the flies thought that, since
they were the guardians of the tree and
its fruits, why weren't they called starflies?
So together they wished upon the stars
to let them become starflies. But since
stars were really burning balls, the stars
gave them fire in their bodies instead.

Since then, they became and were called fireflies.