Year of 2017

Fireflies illuminate a forest in Shikoku, Japan

Fireflies have perhaps the most efficient dating app in history: Are you a firefly ready to mix and mingle? Let the complex combination of chemicals in your body set your tail aglow and start flapping your wings. This portion of the firefly’s life is short. Just long enough to find a mate and lay eggs for the next generation.

The Lampyridae are a family of insects in the beetle order Coleoptera. They are winged beetles, commonly called fireflies or lightning bugs for their conspicuous use of bioluminescence during twilight to attract mates or prey. Fireflies produce a “cold light”, with no infrared or ultraviolet frequencies. This chemically produced light from the lower abdomen may be yellow, green, or pale red, with wavelengths from 510 to 670 nanometers.
Scientific name: Lampyridae
Biological classification: Family
Consists of: Lampyrinae · Cyphonocerinae · Luciolinae · Photurinae
Belongs to: Elateroidea