Fireflies aren’t flies at all!
They’re actually beetles. Fireflies are nocturnal members of the Lampyridae family.
Fireflies are efficiency superstars.
Fireflies have light organs that are located beneath their abdomens. Although more than 2,000 species bear the name “firefly,” not all fireflies glow.
Firefly flashes can be as romantic as a dozen roses…sometimes.
Fireflies flash in patterns that are unique to each species. Each blinking pattern is used to help them find potential mates. Male fireflies typically fly through the air in search of a female by emitting a species-specific flashing pattern.
Fireflies use their light to ward off predators.
Speaking of predators, firefly blood contains a defensive steroid called lucibufagins, which makes them unappetizing to potential hunters.