Fireflies are amazing nocturnal insects that produce luminous light. The glow-worm belongs to the same family but is slightly different.
Fascinating Facts About Fireflies That You Probably Didn't Know
#1 Thousands of species.
There are around 2000 species of fireflies in the world.
#2 North America.
Of these 2000 species, around 200 live in North America only.
#3 Adults do not eat food to survive.
Even though young fireflies need some nectar to survive, but the adult fireflies do not eat food to survive.
#4 Short life span.
Fireflies have a life span of about of only 2 months and this fact has nothing to do with the fact that they do not eat to survive.
#5 Adorable insects.
Fireflies are adorable little creatures that can do no harm to humans. They cannot sting, they catty no diseases and cant even pinch.
#6 Slow fliers.
Fireflies are considered the slowest fliers in the insect world.
#6 Soft bodies.
Fireflies have soft bodies and their body vary between 5 mm and 25 mm long.
#8 Can be found everywhere.
Fireflies can be everywhere in the world except for Antarctica.
#9 Can generate light with no heat.
Fireflies are considered the only luminous thing in the world that can generate light without heat.
#10 Flash to attract their male partners.
Female fireflies flash light to their male partners to attract them. Cool!
#11 Flashing is multipurpose.
Fireflies do not flash just for the mating ritual but also flash top put off predators to scare them off.
#12 Using their light to generate different signals.
Fireflies can control their light to generate signals for different reasons.
#13 Chemical reaction.
Fireflies produce light in their body through a chemical reaction called bioluminescence.