Glow Glow, Light and Exotic Nights

Jumat, 24 September 2010
Firefly beetle included in the family of the order Coleoptera. There are more than 2000 species of fireflies are spread in the tropics worldwide. They can be found in damp places, such as swamps and areas covered with trees. In humid areas that fireflies find many sources of food for the larvae.

We know that the fireflies come out at night, but there is also the fireflies are active in the daytime. Those who come out during the day is generally not give off light. Only a few fireflies that can give off light when in the dark.

But why yes, of fireflies give off light? How can they withstand the heat generated by the light? That unique firefly! The light they produce light without heat are called luminescence.

Luminescence in the firefly's body produced by a substance called Luciferin. Well, this Luciferin substance combines with oxygen to give off light.

You know, even though the scientists had to create the same type of light produced by fireflies, scientists still have to take some elements of the firefly's body, because the chemists could not make such substances. It is still a mystery of nature until now.

Baby Fireflies

In adult fireflies, in addition to giving a warning sign of danger, light on his serve to draw attention to their partner. Not only adult fireflies, baby fireflies are still in the form of larvae also put out the light. Light on larval useful to warn other animals that would prey on them for not coming.

After the marriage, female fireflies will lay its eggs under the soil surface. The eggs will hatch into larvae after 3-4 weeks and will continue to be fed until the summer ends. After about 1-2 weeks from the end of summer, the larvae will turn into pupae, then turn into adult fireflies.

Being Lantern

As in some other animals, fireflies also has significance in some of the legends and culture. In Mayan mythology, fireflies are often associated with the star. The fireflies are also considered to represent the messengers in the temples of the Mayan Gods.

Ancient Chinese people often enter fireflies in a transparent box for later use as a lantern. While the Japanese culture and folklore, fireflies have the same meaning great as the famous Sakura flower.

Well, if you see a firefly in flight, fireflies are certainly male sex. Why so? Yes, because only male fireflies have wings, while the females stick to leaves and soil.

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