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πŸ’‘The bright stars of the Earth ✨ 🌌 The Lampyridae are a family of insects in the beetle order Coleoptera. They are winged beetles, commonly called fireflies or lightning bugs for their conspicuous use of bioluminescence during twilight to attract mates. Light production in fireflies is due to a type of chemical reaction called bioluminescence. This process occurs in specialized light-emitting organs, usually on a fireflys lower abdomen. The enzyme luciferase acts on the luciferin, in the presence of magnesium ions, ATP, and oxygen to produce light. Firefly luciferase is used in forensics, and the enzyme has medical uses β€” in particular, for detecting the presence of ATP or magnesium. All fireflies glow as larvae. In lampyrid larvae, bioluminescence serves a function that is different from that served in adults. It appears to be a warning signal to predators, since many firefly larvae contain chemicals that are distasteful or toxic. Some species, especially lightning bugs of the genera Photinus, Photuris, and Pyractomena, are distinguished by the unique courtship flash patterns emitted by flying males in search of females. In general, females of the genus Photinus do not fly, but do give a flash response to males of their own species. Photo by: @vera.ivi 🌱 #light #fireflies #insect #entomology #curiosity #beetles #nature #science #colors #bioluminescence #fly #coleoptera #naturelovers #wildlife #photography #naturalisticphotography #photo #magic #ilovescience #discovery #forest #field #wonderful #owlcity #sky #surprised #dance #earth #biology #yoga

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