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Fireflies lighting up a backyard in New York. Photo by s58y via Flickr Creative Commons

Light Up Your Summer!

8/4/2015 // By Abby Barber

As you’re exploring the great outdoors or camping out this summer as part of the Great American Campout, stars and campfires may not be the only objects you see emitting light at night. In the August issue, Ranger Rick magazine …


Beyond Fireflies: Bioluminescent Organisms

8/9/2014 // By Jenni Lopez

When it comes to bioluminescence, the first organism we typically think of would be the all-familiar firefly (also known as lightning bug). As land animals, fireflies are our most noticeable exposure to the reaction in which chemical energy is converted …

Firefly photographed by Radim Schreiber in Iowa.


7/31/2009 // By David Mizejewski

The weather’s warm and the kids are on summer vacation, which means it’s the perfect time to get outside and encounter the insect icon of summertime: the firefly. Did you know? Fireflies are actually beetles, not flies.  Lightning bug, their …

Valentine’s Day: Weird Wildlife Mating Rituals

2/13/2009 // By David Mizejewski

While they might not be giving roses and writing love poems, wildlife have some pretty fascinating–and sometimes downright bizarre–courtship and mating rituals of their own.You won’t find singles bars or online dating sites for our furry and feathered friends but …