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The firefly is most likely the Earths most well-known bioluminescent species, with over 2,000 individual species. While the firefly might have evolved 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 individual species. And the secret to its light comes from two vital components: luciferin and luciferase. While the firefly may have evolved its lantern as a form of protection, today the lightning bugs use their light as a species-specific breeding ritual. Heres what actually takes place inside the fireflys lantern.