When was the last time you saw a lightning bug (also called fire flies)?! Were you one of the kids that wore the larvae as an earring? Or did you catch them in jars just for fun? Here are some lightning fun facts!
Lightning bug larvae live underground through the winter, pupate in the spring and emerge as adults in the summer. They just live long enough to mate and lay their eggs
These local beetles are still around -they can be found in abundance in some yards and none in others -depending on how often the yard is chemically treated. The chemicals put on the ground kill the lightning bug larvae living in the ground, and also kill the grubs and a lot of the things the lightning bugs eat. Lightning bugs also fall prey to spiders, praying mantises and other insects.
Wonder why they light up? The reason is due to a process called bioluminescence, which is a chemical reaction inside a lightning bug's body that creates energy. Rather than creating heat with this energy, the lightning bug creates light. These bugs create the most efficient light in the world, emitting 100 percent of its energy as light.
We love lightning bugs! Enjoy the rest of your summer!