Fireflies: The Twinkle in Nature's Eye

Fireflies bring magic to warm summer evenings.

Science of Fireflies
A firefly-studded meadow in New Jersey.
Photo courtesy E.R. Degginger/Color Pic Inc.
The Pyralis firefly, common east of the Rocky Mountains.
Photo courtesy Kevin Adams
Lightning Bugs
The Pennsylvania firefly, common from the Atlantic coast to Texas and north to Manitoba.
Photo courtesy Dwight Kuhn
Catching Fireflies
Fireflies blend with the stars above Plymouth, Mass.
Photo courtesy Matt Bendaniel/Bruce Coleman Inc.
There are some 2,000 species of fireflies, many of them native to the tropics in South America and the Pacific Ocean. They’re all members of the family Lampyridae, which loosely translated means “shining fire.”
Photo courtesy Fotolia/fergregory

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