The Southern Naturalist
The Southern Naturalist
The Southern Naturalist
Lightning Bugs (or Fireflies!) - Nature Note
31 minutes Posted Jun 3, 2022 at 10:26 am.
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In this Nature Note edition of The Southern Naturalist, we answer all of your burning questions about the majestic, magical lightning bug!

Questions like, why do they glow? what makes them glow? Where can I find them and why do I remember seeing more as a kid? We also dig deeper into how they are named, why beetles are so cool, metamorphosis and bioluminescence! 

Our resident bug expert Zack Lemann joins the conversation as we talk about on the evolutionary biology and mating habits of fireflies and how they are natures "femme fatales!"

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Hosts: Dr. Robert Thomas and Dr. Aimée Thomas

Produced by Emma Reid

Student Intern: Kitty Perlsweig

Music composition by Hunter Wainwright