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Lampyridae Reference Libraries

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Firefly
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...

Photuris Firefly genus
2005-08-25 08:59:58

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