By far one of the most loved insects is the firefly. An enigma to kids and the adults alike, these fascinating insects can easily capture your attention for long.
Most of us have already seen how wonderful a flock of fireflies look in the dark, be it in te park under the bridge, always and so on. They’re simply outlandish.
In one such video involving the enigmatic insects themselves, someone has captured that sporadic moment where a firefly lights up and takes off to attract mate, resembling a love-struck knight setting off to find his ladylove.
It is usually male fireflies that glow as a signal conveying it is ready to mate. The video is more so impressive because there is a moon in the backdrop.
The video has gone viral on Twitter and has been watched nearly 1 million times. Watch the video below:
Wondering how fireflies light up? Perhaps this is the most easily accessible examples of bioluminescence. In simple terms, a complex mixture of gases and elements like oxygen, calcium, adenosine triphosphate among others juggles inside the bodies of the flies producing a bioluminescent enzyme, which produces light, according to Scientific American.
Did you know?
In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the United States, every year a special species of beetle native to the region hosts a spellbinding show of light that the quite of the night.
As the light falls in the great mountain range, one by one, pitted on the vast forests the beetles light up in sync with each other, sending waves of lights in the dark, as if mother nature has organized a late-night concert in the forests. Don’t miss the show, watch the National Geographic documentary below:
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