A Julie fact. I love firefly's!
I recently went to a co-workers house to take photos of the firefly's behind her house. Behind her house are fields, so at duck hundreds, if not thousands of firefly's are out twinkling away. It was beautiful and I wish I had some photos to show you. I snapped a bunch of photos but didn't capture anything spectacular so when I got home I read up on how to take photos of these mysterious twinkling bugs. There is a method to taking photos of them, which I'll have to give a go in the near future.
Here's the only photo that really turned out, but alas not one firefly showed up in it.
Now a little of this...
- There are estimated to be 2,000 species of firefly's.
- Each species flashes in patterns that are unique to that species.
- Each blinking pattern is an optical signal that helps fireflies find potential mates.
- Firefly eggs glow.
- Firefly's produce cold light.
- Fireflies talk to each other with light. Fireflies emit light mostly to attract mates, although they also communicate for other reasons as well, such as to defend territory and warn predators away. In some firefly species, only one sex lights up. In most, however, both sexes glow; often the male will fly, while females will wait in trees, shrubs and grasses to spot an attractive male. If she finds one, she’ll signal it with a flash of her own.
- They are not tasty prey.
There now you're smarter!