- Lightning bugs are actually nocturnal beetles
- Most fireflies have wings, which separates them from other luminescent insects of the same family, we know them as glowworms
- There are 2,000 firefly species
- Fireflies have dedicated light organs, they take in oxygen and combine it with luciferin to produce light with almost no heat
- Firefly light flashes flash in patterns unique to each species
- The blinking pattern helps the firefly find a potential mate
- The light may also be a defense mechanism to let predators know that they taste terrible
- Female fireflies deposit their eggs in the ground, there the larvae develop into adults
- Underground larvae feed on worms and slugs by injecting them with numbing fluid
- Adult fireflies usually eat nectar and pollen, but sometimes don't eat at all.
I will also be adding this handmade bug keeper to my Etsy shop later today. Have fun with a kid you know. Go out and catch some lightning bugs together. Now you can awe them with your great knowledge of lightning bugs.