Say's Firefly is not a fly but in fact a beetle. There are around 2,000 species of the winged-beetle mainly found in moist, tropical climates.

The firefly thrive in wet meadows with tall grasses or at the edge of hot, humid bogs, marshes, streams or lakes.

The light in the firefly's tail is created by an enzyme that drives a chemical reaction to create a beautiful amber light. Fireflies vary the pattern or length of their flashes to communicate with each other or even attract prey.

The firefly has an average lifespan of two months. Although fireflies are found all over the world, their populations are dwindling.

Bug Facts

  • Scientific Name: Pyractomena angulata
  • Size: Up to 2.5 cm (1 in)
  • Diet: Small creatures such as other insects, worms, snails, slugs

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