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The firefly is probably the Earths most popular bioluminescent species, with over 2,000 individual species. And the secret to its light originates from two important parts: luciferin and luciferase. But while the firefly might have developed its lantern as a kind of defense, today the lightning bugs use their light as a species-specific breeding ritual. Heres what really takes place inside the fireflys lantern.
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Whats Behind The Fireflys Glow|Whats Inside?
The firefly is most likely the Earths most popular bioluminescent species, with over 2,000 specific types. And the secret to its light comes from two necessary components: luciferin and luciferase. While the firefly might have progressed its lantern as a type of defense, today the lightning bugs utilize their light as a species-specific breeding ritual. Heres what truly happens inside the fireflys lantern.