Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Arthro-Pod EP 116: The Splendor of Fireflies

Join the Arthro-Pod gang as they get together to talk about the many insects that are taking over summer 2022 in their respective states and the stress that comes with them. But instead of lamenting, they decided to talk about an insect they love and hope you do to, the firefly. We cover the different names these glowing insects can have, their relatives, how they glow and why! Join us won't you?

An adult firefly waiting for dusk to settle in so it can begin to flash their bioluminescent light

Show Notes:

What do you call the insects that have a glowing rear end? There is data and some maps about the differences in regional names for the US associated with fireflies. 

Here is a chart that helps to separate out the various patterns that you might see in the night in the Eastern US

Femme fatale fireflies and the acquisition of biochemical defenses

The story of collecting fireflies for a penny bounty

How to build firefly habitat in a backyard

If you would like to read a great book all about these nocturnal wonders, we highly recommend this one:

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