Did you know that the Firefly is the only entity to give off light without generating heat? It's a 100% energy converting machine!
More interesting facts about fireflies...
How many species of fireflies are there around the world? Over 1900
How many species of fireflies are there in North America? Over 170
What is the only continent without fireflies? Antarctica
What is the term for firefly in Japanese? Hotaru In Jamaica? Peeny Walley or Blinkies In Germany? Leuchtkafer
Which two states named the firefly their "State Insect"? Pennsylvania and Tennessee
What state has more species of fireflies than any other? Georgia
What town is the "Firefly Capital" of the United States? Boone North Carolina, which was named for the early pioneer Daniel Boone, who traversed this area in the mid to late 1700's. Today, the town is host of several events including the Firefly Festival.
When the larval form of the beetle has completed its function- that of growing larger and storing energy- the insect begins the dramatic, almost magical transformation during which it will rebuild itself compete...The firefly builds wings, flight muscles, wing covers, big and complex eyes with innumerable facets, long antennae, new neural circuits, and a new set of behavioral and physiological programs, patterns, and responses. -J.E. Lloyd, University of Florida
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