Fireflies & Glow worms in the Mount Moreland Conservancy

Glow worm in Mount Moreland Conservancy

Fireflies are winged beetles belonging to the family Lampyridaein the beetle order Coleoptera. Fireflies produce a chemically-produced "cold light", with noinfraredor ultraviolet frequencies. This light from the lower abdomen may be yellow, green, or pale-red. Light production in fireflies is due to a type of chemical reaction. This process occurs in specialised light-emitting organs, usually on a firefly's lower abdomen. Bioluminescence serves a different function in lampyrid larvae than it does in adults. It appears to be a warning signal to predators, since many firefly larvae contain chemicals that are distasteful or toxic. 

About 2,000 species of firefly are found in temperate and tropical environments. Many are in marshes or in wet, wooded areas where their larvae have abundant sources of food. All firefly larvae glow and are often called "glow worms". In many species, both male and female fireflies have the ability to fly, but in some species, females are flightless. 

The larvae of most species are specialized  predators and feed on other larvae, terrestrial  snails, and slugs. Adult diet varies some are predatory, while others feed on plant  pollen or  nectar

 

Many firefly species breeding in compost heaps where at night one can often find the tell tale lights of the glow worms. 

 

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 Firefly Larva
Firefly Larvae
A glow worm becomes a Firefly

 Firefly
Firefly

Glow worms and fireflies

Glow worms and fireflies
Fireflies 

 

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