What Do You Know About Fireflies?

United States
August 3, 2016 9:33am CST
First of all, fireflies are what we called “lightning bugs” when I was a child. We used to catch them and put them in jars and then eventually let them go. I wondered about them recently and did a little research. What makes the fireflies light up? I found out that the light comes from chemicals mixed in their abdomen. Luciferin, is a chemical that is named after the Latin words “lux” or “light” and “ferre” which means “to carry.” The glow that is created doesn’t produce heat, so it is called “cold light.” This glow is also produced during the day but isn’t bright enough to see in daylight. The part of the fireflies body that glows makes up about half of the fireflies weight. The fireflies that you see flying around are males. Females are usually on the ground. I found this rather odd, but if a flashing male “catches a female’s eye,” she flashes back and he will fly down to her. If she likes him, they will mate, and if not, she will have him for dinner. Ouch! It has been reported that sometimes, if these illuminated bugs flash in a synchronized pattern and you use a flashlight and give them signals, they will match the flashes you make perfectly. Do you have fireflies where you live? Picture by Pixabay
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• United States
3 Aug 16
I don't see them here where I live.
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• United States
3 Aug 16
I thought that fireflies could be found all over the USA.
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• United States
3 Aug 16
@IreneVincent I think it is, but I guess I've never seen them in my area. Just like seeing butterflies or lady bugs are very rare (snails too)
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• United States
4 Aug 16
@infatuatedbby Do you live in the city or in the countryside?
• India
3 Aug 16
Nice to know about fireflies. Yea we have fireflies here where i am living.
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• United States
3 Aug 16
I'm glad you enjoyed my research.
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• India
4 Aug 16
@IreneVincent thank you, i like know about these usually. but most of the time will be busy so, it is nice to know like this right.
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• United States
4 Aug 16
@sunilparthan It's always NICE to learn something new. I try to learn new things all the time. I read a lot and watch documentaries about different places in the world and I enjoy watching the animal channels and learning about different animals and birds and such. Do you like to read.
@Raj7779 (2922)
• Ahmednagar, India
3 Aug 16
I have never seen fireflies in my area but around 1 year ago I have seen many fireflies in forest.
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• United States
3 Aug 16
So they DO have fireflies in the forests in India? Fireflies usually stay away from cities and stay near the trees.
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@Raj7779 (2922)
• Ahmednagar, India
4 Aug 16
@IreneVincent yes,i know that. When I was in forest there is a hundreds of fireflies twinkling on the trees.
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@AutumnSnow (4583)
3 Aug 16
I always love fireflies. At night the yard here just lights up with them its so beautiful.
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• United States
3 Aug 16
Yes, they light up the darkness and are harmless.
• United States
3 Aug 16
Yes we have plenty of fireflies here and my grandchildren still have fun catching them and putting them in jars. Interesting info you provided especially that it's only the males that are flying
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• United States
3 Aug 16
Fireflies are fun for kids in the summertime. I'm glad you enjoyed my post.
@JohnRoberts (62821)
• Los Angeles, California
3 Aug 16
No fireflies here. Just mosquitoes sometimes.
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• United States
3 Aug 16
I thought fireflies were all over the U.S.