Firefly (Lightning Bug)

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

Firefly

The adult firefly

The adult firefly
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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.

Firefly Larva

Firefly Larva

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

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

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

The eating patterns between young and old are very different too: Larvae feed on snails, slugs, earthworms and insect larvae; adult fireflies — if they eat at all — feed on nectar and pollen. 

Glowworms are cousins of fireflies but lack wings.

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