It's that magical time again in the late spring when fireflies (or lightning bugs) begin to emerge. They've passed the winter in their larval stage and now are ready to fly and find mates. The special light that fireflies emit when they flash is called bioluminescence. It is a cool, chemical reaction that is almost 100% energy efficient. Did you know that in some species even the eggs glow?
For some reason firefly populations are beginning to diminish. Scientists think it may be due to light pollution in urban areas, or perhaps pesticides. The Vanishing Firefly Project is an opportunity to participate in firefly counts so scientists can track the populations of these beautiful beetles. Visit their website to learn more about the project and see what you can do to help.
Check out our light art photos from class: