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Lightning bug, also known as firefly



They are winged beetles, named for their use of bioluminescence to attract mates or prey. Fireflies produce a "cold light", with no infrared or ultraviolet frequencies. This chemically produced light from the lower abdomen may be yellow, green, or pale-red, with wavelengths from 510 to 670 nanometers. This one produced yellow light. Adult diet varies. Some are predatory, while others feed on plant pollen or nectar.


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Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Thank you! See my comment on your posting; I am no insect expert, so that is the help I could give. :>)

AntónioGinjaGinja 5 years ago

Great cache Maria,beautiful colour and gorgeous detail,congrats
do you think this one i spotted is a fire fly to?

MayraSpringmann 5 years ago

Wow, Maria, fantastic capture!!! Beautiful pink!!!

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Thanks, Lorelei and Eva. I liked them as a child, too; it seems quite a few of us have those memories!

EvaSeifert 5 years ago

Great series! I have a lot of great memories of Lightning bugs as a child.

What an amazing series. It's so cool to see them in such detail.

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Thanks for your nice comments, Jolly, Adam, Bernadette and Johan. Jolly, I'm glad you enjoy seeing the wildlife I have photographed! I enjoy yours, too. Adam, I am intrigued - how would you do what you propose?

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 5 years ago

Very nice series.

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 5 years ago

Beautiful! I especially like the third pic. Cool to see these bugs up close...brings back childhood memories of running around and catching them!

AdamBrown 5 years ago

I love fireflies. I never see them here in Colorado.....I used to see them all the time where I used to live in Texas, but not nearly as much as I had several years info on the light....I hope to use the wavelengths of their light to impress someone some day! :P

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 5 years ago

You are welcome Maria. Your pictures are quite exceptional. All your pictures are worth the time viewing them. I admire your patience and dedication. I know how hard it is to take such good pictures.

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Thank you, William and Jolly!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 5 years ago

very nice series.

williefromwi 5 years ago

nice series

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Lat: 35.93, Long: -79.04

Spotted on Jun 30, 2012
Submitted on Jul 1, 2012


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