Lightning Bug Fun Facts

Nothing says “summer evening” like lightning bugs, also known as fireflies. These flashy little beetles can bring out the kid in all of us, but as we get older, we might start to wonder about our glowing friends. Here a few facts you might not have known:   1. There are more than 2,000 species of firefly, but not all species glow.2. Fireflies are bioluminescent throughout their lifespan — even their eggs glow.
3. Light patterns are unique to each subspecies of firefly.
4. Flashing is communication between males and females.
5. Firefly larvae live in the soil and feed off snails.
6. Luciferase, an enzyme in firefly light production, is useful in scientific research as well as forensic and food safety testing. (It can now be produced synthetically.)
7. Fireflies are efficient light-producers. Nearly 100 percent of the energy produced is light (the typical light bulb gives off just 10 percent light, and 90 percent heat).


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