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New Firefly Species Discovered Delaware
2013-10-11 08:04:20

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Dr. Christopher Heckscher, associate professor of environmental science at Delaware State University (DSU), has become the first at that institution to discovery a new animal species. His discovery, a new firefly species among the Photuris genus , was described in the journal Entomological News. Dr. Heckscher originally discovered the new firefly, named Photuris mysticalampas, in 2004 when he was working as the state zoologist for...

2013-05-07 23:32:04

This spring, Fireflies, also known as Lightning Bugs, will begin flashing their little tail lanterns at each other as they attempt to find a mate yet with environmental changes affecting so many firefly habitats, finding that date with a mate is getting much more challenging. So this year, Firefly Magic is coming to their rescue. (PRWEB) May 07, 2013 Designed and patented to accurately reproduce the flashing of Mother Nature´s fireflies or lightning bugs, Firefly Magic Firefly Lights...

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2013-01-08 13:48:41

Optical Society of America The nighttime twinkling of fireflies has inspired scientists to modify a light-emitting diode (LED) so it is more than one and a half times as efficient as the original. Researchers from Belgium, France, and Canada studied the internal structure of firefly lanterns, the organs on the bioluminescent insects' abdomens that flash to attract mates. The scientists identified an unexpected pattern of jagged scales that enhanced the lanterns' glow, and applied that...

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2010-07-09 07:50:00

First experiments suggest that synchronous male flashing is more recognizable to females For decades, scientists have speculated about why some fireflies exhibit synchronous flashing, in which large groups produce rhythmic, repeated flashes in unison "“ sometimes lighting up a whole forest at once. Now, the first experiments on the function of this phenomenon suggest that synchronous flashing preserves female fireflies' recognition of suitable mates. The results are reported in the July...

2009-07-26 13:19:22

The number of fireflies lighting up the night throughout the United States appears to be declining, scientists say. Firefly researcher Marc Branham said when compared with the appearance of fireflies from a decade or two ago, the current natural population of the insect species appears to have dropped significantly, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch said Sunday. There certainly appear to be fewer fireflies out now as opposed to 10 or 20-some years ago, the University of Florida assistant professor...

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2008-08-31 10:00:00

By Michael Casey / The Associated Press Preecha Jiabyu used to take tourists in a rowboat to see the banks of the Mae Klong River aglow with thousands of fireflies. These days, all he sees are the lights of hotels, restaurants and highway overpasses. He says he'd have to row a good two miles to see trees lit up with the magical creatures of his younger days. "The firefly populations have dropped 70 percent in the past three years," said Preecha, 58, a former teacher who started providing...


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2005-09-08 12:01:05

Fireflies, also known as lightning bugs, are nocturnal, luminous beetles of the family Lampyridae. These names come from the fact that some species as adults emit flashes of light to attract mates, using special light-emitting organs in the abdomen. The enzyme luciferase acts on luciferin to stimulate light emission. This reaction is of scientific interest, and genes coding for these substances have been spliced into many different organisms. Many species, especially in the genus Photinus,...

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2005-08-25 08:59:58

Photuris is a genus of "fireflies" (actually beetles in the family Lampyridae).

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Word of the Day
lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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