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Fireflies, or Lightning Bugs, are one of the wonders of nature. Watching them flicker and flash brings smiles to people of all ages.

Below are listings of general resources including articles, pictures, photographs, movies, and more. Learning about fireflies can be a wonderful project, and Firefly Science Org is a good place to begin.

Scientific research has been conducted on fireflies for many years. However, it is only recently that scientist have discovered many of the secrets of the firefly, including what controls their flashing.

Listed below are research papers coving a variety of topics of interest to those that desire facts about fireflies.

An excellent resource describing in detail the chemical function, mechanism, and process that creates a firefly's bioluminescence flash. Located on the Tufts University Website - Nitric Oxide and Firefly Flashing.

Observational reporting & information on fireflies at the Springbrook Research Centre -
ELATEROIDEA: Lampyridae: Luciolinae: Atyphella atra Lea of the Springbrook Plateau, Queensland, Australia.

Femme fatale: A story of mimicry and murder when night falls

Two Cases of Firefly Toxicosis in Lizards - Thomas Eisner, et al. (5) Cornell University


Firefly Flashing is Controlled by Gating Oxygen to Light Emitting Cells - Graham S. Timmins, et al. (4)

Nitric Oxide and the Control of Firefly Flashing - Barry A. Trimmer, et al. (6) ‡

A Review of Predation in Photuris, and its Effects on the Evolution of Flash Signaling in Other New World Fireflies - Hollend Stous

Does Pressure Antagonize Anesthesia? Opposite Effects on Specific and Nonspecific Inhibitors of Firefly Luciferase - Issaku Ueda, et. al.

The Spectral Distribution of Firefly Light - H. H. Seliger, et. al. 1964

Structural Basis for the Inhibition of Firefly Luciferase by a General Anesthetic - N. P. Franks, et al. (3)

Female preference for male courtship flashes in Photinus ignitus fireflies - Christopher K. Cratsley and Sara M. Lewis (Abstract Only) †

Firefly "femmes fatales" acquire defensive steroids (lucibufagins) from their firefly prey - Thomas Eisner et al. (4)    





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