What Makes Fireflies Glow

Newswise — As fireflies are delighting children across the country with their nighttime displays, scientists are closing in on a better understanding of how the insects produce their enchanting glow. They report in the Journal of the American Chemical Society new evidence of how the beetles' chemistry works. Their findings could apply to the bioluminescence of other organisms, too. About 60 years ago, scientists figured out in broad strokes the cascade of reactions that allows fireflies to … [Read more...]