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Firefly is the name of a beetle that is seen inhabiting all the continents of the world, except Antarctica. Also known as a lightning bug or glow-worm, it has the ability to produce light within its body. In a Firefly’s tail, you’ll find two chemicals; luciferase and luciferin. Luciferin is heat resistant and it glows under the right conditions. Luciferase is an enzyme that triggers light emission. Fireflies are the only creatures that give off light without generating heat, not even electricity does that!

Firefly lights are the most efficient lights in the world—100% of the energy is emitted as light. Compare that to an incandescent bulb, which emits 10% of its energy as light and the rest as heat, or a fluorescent bulb, which emits 90% of its energy as light. Because it produces no heat, scientists refer to Firefly lights as ‘cold lights’.

There are over 2,000 species of fireflies are there around the world. They love warm, humid areas and thrive in tropical regions as well as temperate zones. They come out in the summertime in these environments. They are on all continents except Antarctica. They thrive in forests, fields and marshes near lakes, rivers, ponds, streams and vernal pools. They need a moist environment to survive.

Fireflies emit light mostly to attract mates, although they also communicate for other reasons as well, such as to defend territory and warn predators away. In some Firefly species, only one sex lights up. In most, however, both sexes glow; often the male will fly, while females will wait in trees, shrubs and grasses to spot an attractive male. If she finds one, she’ll signal it with a flash of her own.

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Adult fireflies aren’t the only ones that glow. In some species, the larvae and even the eggs emit light. Firefly eggs have been observed to flash in response to stimulus such as gentle tapping or vibrations.

Fireflies are primarily carnivorous. Larvae usually eat snails and worms. Some species of Fireflies feed on other Fireflies; most notable is the genus photuris, which mimics female flashes of photinus, a closely related species, in order to attract and devour the males of that species. But adult fireflies have almost never been seen feeding on other species of bugs. Scientists aren’t sure what they eat. They may feed on plant pollen and nectar, or they may eat nothing.

An adult Firefly lives only long enough to mate and lay eggs; so they may not need to eat during their adult life stage. The larvae usually live for approximately one year, from mating season to mating season, before becoming adults and giving birth to the next generation.

Female photuris aren’t the only impostors among Fireflies; the species is surprisingly devious when it comes to imitation. Sometimes male photuris imitate male photinus to attract females of their own species. She shows up looking for food, but instead he gets a mate.

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Even more interesting, scientists believe some photinus males imitate photuris females giving off bad impressions of photinus male flashes, scaring off other photinus males and reducing competition.

Some species of Firefly larvae are generally aquatic and even have gills; while others live almost entirely in trees.

When attacked, Fireflies shed drops of blood in a process known as ‘reflex bleeding’. The blood contains chemicals that taste bitter and can be poisonous to some animals. Because of this, many animals learn to avoid eating Fireflies. Pet owners should never feed Fireflies to lizards, snakes and other reptilian pets.

The light that emerges from the body of a firefly has a wavelength ranging from 510 to 670 nanometers and is pale reddish, yellowish or green in colour.

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Different species of Fireflies have different communication system, based on the lighting patterns.

Fireflies do not bite or have pincers. They are harmless and don’t even carry diseases.

Fireflies are small creatures with the average Firefly being between 5-25 millimetres long.

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