Can A Firefly Produce It's Light Indefinitely ?

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Dear Fireflyologists,

Fireflies are my all time favourite fly that lights up !

Look here's some....they are very clever too because they are camouflaging themselves as a Christmas Tree !!.....well..actually...I suppose it's a bit daft really because it's June !!


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If it wanted to...could a firefly keep it's light on ?...can they produce their light through out their entire life time ?...and how do they do it anyway ?


Enlighten me will ewe ?


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Can A Firefly Produce It's Light Indefinitely ?
« Reply #2 on: 12/06/2008 13:06:32 »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioluminescence


Thank Ewe RD for the link. It's very kind of you to locate that for me .

But I do wonder if they can sustain a light for quite some duration or is it just a short burst ?
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Can A Firefly Produce It's Light Indefinitely ?
« Reply #3 on: 12/06/2008 14:31:05 »
I can't find a duration but I assume they can do this throughout their life....In one of the articles I read, it did say females are brighter then males.
This is just wiki information on Fireflys..its interesting.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireflies

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