Firefly insect - Bioluminescent Insects

Firefly (Photuris spp.)

Photos are important, but if you report a flashing firefly occurrence, remember to include some information about its flash pattern.


Luciferase is an enzyme that triggers the light emission.

Larvae Feed on Snails Firefly are carnivorous predators, and their favorite food is escargot.

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They frequently use their lights to attract other insects so they can easily catch their prey.

For fireflies, 100% of the energy goes into making light; accomplishing that flashing increases the firefly metabolic rates an astonishingly low 37% above resting values.

They can be as small as one-quarter inch or more than one inch long.

Description: Species with specific habitat requirements or patchy distributions are often more at risk.

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Photos are important, but if you report a flashing firefly occurrence, remember to include some information about its flash pattern.
Yet, despite the bad taste afforded by these chemicals and the warning glows and cautionary colors, fireflies contribute to the diet of a number of animals.

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    Scientifically, fireflies are classified under Lampyridae, a family of insects within the beetle order Coleoptera, or winged beetles. There are estimated to be 2000+ firefly species spread across temperate and tropical zones all over the world. Start here to learn about the different genera and species across the world. Read More
    By: Anarchophobia|||||||||
    firefly, (family Lampyridae), also called lightning bug, any of some 2,000 species of beetles (insect order Coleoptera) found in most tropical and temperate regions that have special light-producing organs on the underside of the abdomen. Most fireflies are nocturnal, although some species are diurnal.
    By: 5wan|||||||||
    The term “glowworm” can refer to firefly larva or wingless adult females—some of which are not in the firefly family Lampyridae. Both glowworms and fireflies are bioluminescent. The important distinction is that fireflies have wings and glowworms do not. Fireflies can reach up to one inch (2.5 centimeters) in length. Range
    By: dustinyo|||||||||
    Most fireflies are winged, which distinguishes them from other luminescent insects of the same family, often referred to as glowworms. The name “glowworm” can indicate many different species, including fireflies. Fireflies are efficiency superstars. Fireflies have light organs that are located beneath their abdomens.
    By: davidjdavid|||||||||
    Fireflies – those tiny sparkling lights that appear on summer evenings- aren’t really flies and don’t use fire to make light! They are also called lightning bugs and glowworms, depending on where you find them. These little insects are a type of soft-winged beetle just like ladybugs. There are many different types of fireflies.
    By: felipebp||||||||| - 2022
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