Firefly (Lightning Bug)

My Home: I am found in humid, warm areas of the world, most often in rotting wood, by the edges of stream, ponds, drainage ditches or in some other moist area. The greatest numbers of fireflies are found in Asia and South America.

What I eat: As a larva, I eat earthworms, snails and slugs. As an
adult, I eat pollen or other insects.

What I look like: I am approximately ¾ of an inch long,
and I usually am black with two red spots on my head,
with my outer casing outlined in yellow.

How I am born: I go through four stages of
development: egg, larva, pupa and adult. The
eggs are deposited in the ground and hatch in
about a month. As a larva, I feed all summer long
and hibernate during the winter. The next summer,
I emerge and in about six weeks become an adult.
Some species can live for several years by hibernating
as larva during the winter.




  Fun Facts
In the late evening
the firefly will 'flash' a
yellowish light to communicate with
other fireflies. The males will flash
approximately every five seconds and the females
will flash approximately every two seconds. Many fireflies do not produce light.