Tuesday, June 30, 2009


I found an interesting (and timely) article in the NY Times about fireflies. Some facts (in case you're not inclined to click and read yourself):
  • There are over 2000 species worldwide
  • The larvae glow to warn would-be predators of their bitter taste
  • Not all adults glow, but for those who do, it is a mating call
  • Females can carry on as many as 10 simultaneous conversations and are very picky
  • The Photuris firefly kills other fireflies to harvest the bitter chemicals and make themselves even less attractive to predators


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