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

A Delaware professor has discovered a new firefly species among the Photuris genus while doing a survey of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

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

New Bio-inspired Coating That Increases LED Efficiency By 55 Percent
2013-01-08 13:48:41

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.

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2010-07-09 07:50:00

First experiments suggest that synchronous male flashing is more recognizable to females.

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

The fate of the insects drew more than 100 entomologists and biologists to Thailand's northern city of Chiang Mai last week for an international symposium on the "Diversity and Conservation of Fireflies."


Latest Lampyridae Reference Libraries

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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
abactinal
  • Pertaining to the surface or end opposite to the mouth in a radiate animal.
The word 'abactinal' comes from a Greek root meaning 'ray' and a Latin prefix meaning 'away'.
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