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Fireflies living stars

Posted by [email protected] on August 15, 2016 at 11:15 PM



When a chemical called luciferin inside their abdomen combines with oxygen, calcium and adenosine triphosphate, a chemical reactionhappens that creates their beautiful light.

Fireflies are nocturnal members of Lampyridae, a family of insects inside the beetle order Coleoptera, which is winged beetles.Fireflies are beetles but firebeetles just doesnt sound right (Comment and tell us what you think.).

California has perfect weather, palm trees and the right food.But it doesn’t have fireflies that light up so no fire then.(But kids that still doesnt give you a reason to get some matches and set some flies on fire ((Same with beetles)).)

The light made by the firefly is the most efficient light ever made.Almost all 100 percent of the energy in the chemical reaction comes out as light but in comparison, an incandescent light bulb only uses 10 percent of its energy as light, when other 90 percent is lost as heat.

Each species has its own special pattern of light flashing, and males use this pattern to let the females of the same species know that they would be a fine mate for one another.

Some species actually synchronize their flashes in a beautiful light show. Scientists aren't sure why fireflies sync up.Photinus carolinus are the only species in America that flash simultaneously, amazing right?

Their lights can come in yellow, light red, green and orange just like a traffic light(Haha!).

Predators that might like a light meal, DON'T eat the Firefly. Firefly blood contains lucibufagins, it is actually a defensive steroid that tastes really gross. Predators associate the bad taste with a firefly’s light and learn not to snack on bugs that glow(Or flash.).

Some species of Firefly have larvae emit a subterranean glow. Among some species, even the eggs glow. How amazing is that?!

Then some Firefly larvae even live in the water, they have gills and feed on aquatic snails, before inching their way to terra firma for their next set of little adventures in life.

The underground-dwelling larvae of the lightning bug are carnivorous and snack on slugs, worms and snails. Once they're fully grown adults, some move on to cannibalism and eat other fireflies, but most feed on pollen and nectar (while some don’t eat anything at all during their whole life-time!!).

Anecdotal evidence shows that firefly populations may be on the decline, most likely due to a combination of light pollution, pesticide use and habitat destruction, and if a feild where Fireflies live is paved over, don't go and find another feild to live, they just disapear NEVER to return.

So see you next time on our wam factor.

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Reply Sebastian Christofis
7:33 PM on September 7, 2016 
cool, amazing!