Big Dipper Firefly

  • The Big Dipper is the most common species of firefly in North America.
  • Fireflies light up in order to attract mates.
  • The male will use a series of light flashes to locate females, to which females will respond with delayed flashes. They typically run from 9-15 mm in length and are black, red, and yellow in color.
  • Fireflies are not generally viewed as pests and in most cases are popular temporary pets to have.
  • While collecting them in a jar might be a beautiful sight, studies have show that permanently keeping them will eventually lead to their death as they become stressed.

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