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The firefly is probably the Earths most popular bioluminescent species, with over 2,000 specific types. While the firefly may have progressed its lantern as a form of defense, today the lightning bugs use their light as a species-specific breeding routine.
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Whats Behind The Fireflys Glow|Whats Inside?
The firefly is probably the Earths most well-known bioluminescent types, with over 2,000 specific species. And the trick to its light comes from two necessary parts: luciferin and luciferase. While the firefly might have evolved its lantern as a type of defense, today the lightning bugs utilize their light as a species-specific mating routine. Heres what truly happens inside the fireflys lantern.