Firefly (Lightning Bug)

Their flashing lights can turn a summer evening into a time of magic. Here's the insect that's responsible.

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Firefly Larva The larval stage of the firefly bears little resemblance to the adult it will become.

Flashing above the lawn and in the trees in the early summer evenings, the firefly engages in its mating rituals, blinking on and off in a pattern that's unique to one of the many sub-species.

These insects — actually small beetles — go through a complete metamorphosis. The adults look nothing like the larvae.

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