Fascinating Facts About Fireflies That You Probably Didn't Know

Posted by Sama in Nature and Travel On 8th June 2020
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Fireflies are amazing nocturnal insects that produce luminous light. The glow-worm belongs to the same family but is slightly different.

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#1 Thousands of species.

There are around 2000 species of fireflies in the world.

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#2 North America.

Of these 2000 species, around 200 live in North America only.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#6 Slow fliers.

Fireflies are considered the slowest fliers in the insect world.

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#6 Soft bodies.

Fireflies have soft bodies and their body vary between 5 mm and 25 mm long.

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#8 Can be found everywhere.

Fireflies can be everywhere in the world except for Antarctica.

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#9 Can generate light with no heat.

Fireflies are considered the only luminous thing in the world that can generate light without heat.

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#10 Flash to attract their male partners.

Female fireflies flash light to their male partners to attract them. Cool!

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#11 Flashing is multipurpose.

Fireflies do not flash just for the mating ritual but also flash top put off predators to scare them off.

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#12 Using their light to generate different signals.

Fireflies can control their light to generate signals for different reasons.

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#13 Chemical reaction.

Fireflies produce light in their body through a chemical reaction called bioluminescence.

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