So … Sometimes Fireflies Eat Other Fireflies | Deep Look

by birtanpublished on September 4, 2020

if you think there's something romantic about fireflies glowing on a warm summer night you'd be right but what you don't see is the dark side of this luminous display

Firefly flashes are a secret code a language of light the light comes from a masterful bit of chemistry a bioluminescent reaction that generates light but no heat so what are they saying Wow

Males on the wing aren't advertising themselves to females with a bit of sexy skywriting take the common Eastern Firefly his signature move a fishhook shape maneuver which is why his species is sometimes called the

Big Dipper her reply is more subtle a single slow pulse from her heart-shaped Lantern our Big Dipper comes bearing a nuptial gift a present with more than 200 assorted nutrients kind of like a box of chocolates here's the handoff

Some are loose abou Figgins defensive chemicals fireflies secrete to ward off predators like spiders and birds these defensive chemicals may help protect her Firefly codes are so reliable that anyone can speak the language but we're

Not the only code breakers listening in meet foe tourists she's also a Firefly a larger stronger one and the big dipper's but she has a weakness her species can't make its own loose and blue visions they have fewer

Defenses against predators so she sets a trap to get something she mimics the glow of other Firefly females luring in the male's of that species when mr. Big Dipper shows up with his chemical gift she moves in sucks up those defensive

Chemicals that she desperately needs then makes a meal of the rest of him most fireflies don't even eat during the few weeks they spend as adults but he's not totally defenseless if she's not

Quick enough he can secrete a gooey compound that sticks in her jaw and lets him escape another gift from the master chemist hey there it's Lauren I know you see that subscribe button there here's what it'll get you new deep look

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