Difference between a male and female lightning bug

by Guest7787  |  12 years, 11 month(s) ago

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I have a question regarding an extra ordinary creation in the world if insects, the lightning bug. I have often tried to do some research on the particular specie but could not get enough time. One question which I always have unanswered in my mind is the difference between a male and a female lightning bug.

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  1. Harry

    Fireflies, also known as glow worms, tend to be brown and softbodied, famous for producing cold light. Though the females of some species are similar in appearance to males, larviform females are found in many other firefly species. These females can often be distinguished from the larvae only because they have compound eyes. Besides, it is believed that the male has no red dots or are so tiny that are almost invisible with a naked eye. The Female has red dots in its black skin which can be easily distinguished. There are over 100 species of lightning bug or firefly. Different species of firefly have different flashing patterns so members of the same species can recognize each other from a distance. In most firefly species the males flash while flying and the females’ flash while perched on plants near the ground. When a male who is flying sees a flashing pattern that matches his species that is stationary and low, it will fly over to it hoping to find a mate. Light production in fireflies is due to a type of chemical reaction called bioluminescence. This process occurs in specialised light-emitting organs, usually on a firefly's lower abdomen. The enzyme luciferase acts on the luciferin, in the presence of magnesium ions, ATP, and oxygen to produce light. Many fireflies do not produce light.

  2. Guest10836836
    how to tell the diff between female and male lighting bugs

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