• So … Sometimes Fireflies Eat Other Fireflies | Deep Look
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    So … Sometimes Fireflies Eat Other Fireflies | Deep Look

    If you think there’s something romantic about fireflies glowing on a warm summer night… You’d be right. But what you don’t see, is the dark side of this luminous display. Firefly flashes are a secret code, a language of light. The light comes from a masterful bit of chemistry. A bioluminescent reaction that generates light but no heat. So what are they saying? Well, males on the wing are advertising themselves to females with a bit of sexy skywriting. Take the common Eastern firefly. His signature move? A fishhook-shaped maneuver. Which is why his species is sometimes called the “Big Dipper.” Her reply is more subtle: a single, slow pulse…