Fireflies

Firefly photo author Bruce Marlin
Fireflies are winged beetles!


Research Questions...


How do fireflies light up and why?

What do fireflies eat?

What is a the life cycle of a firefly?

Why are fireflies endangered and what can you do to help?

What other animals are bioluminescent?


Learn more...


Firefly.org - Find out why fireflies are disappearing and what you can do to help. Take a few minutes to find out some facts about fireflies and take a look around to see what other interesting things the site has to offer.


Why? Tell Me Why?: Fireflies - VIDEO: After a brief commercial, learn why fireflies light up! 


About: Insects: Life Cycle of Fireflies and Lightning bugs - Site offers more detailed information about the life cycle of a firefly stage by stage.

Lights Alive! - Information about bioluminescent animals

Bioluminescence Studies - 
Learn more about bioluminescent organisms

Back Yard Nature: Lightning Bugs - Find out: why fireflies light up, what they eat and the classification.

Everything About: Fireflies - Find out how a firefly is able to light up.

Enchanted Learning: Firefly/Lightning Bug - Site offers a very brief description about the insect and a labeled diagram of a firefly. Printable.

How Stuff Works: Fireflies - Find out how fireflies glow, why they glow, where they can be found, how many types there are and what the flashes mean.

National GeographicFireflies - Find out where fireflies live and how their young are born and survive.

Wikipedia: Fireflies - Site offers scientific classification, general overview of animal, biology info: what they look like, life cycle, hibernation cycle and light and chemical production.

Fran's World of DiscoveryGlowworms - Get information about about another bioluminescent insect. 


Activities

Steve Spangler ScienceLiquid Light Experiment - 
To do the experiment you will need: 2 glasses of water - 1 with ice, the other with hot water and 3 glowsticks. Watch this video to see how the experiment is done. Look for more Light Experiments on this site.

Crayola: Follow the Firefly Lesson Plan - Create a book about fireflies. Site also offers a 3-D Firefly Craft idea.

How Stuff Works: Firefly Activity - Offers an experiment to see how often a firefly lights up. Remember to release them as soon as the experiment is over.

Living With Insects: Firefly Jokes - Site offers 5 firefly jokes.

ApartmenttherapyDIY Fireflies That Really Light Up - Cute firefly craft that repurposes plastic eggs.

Create your own book or lapbook with the information you collect.



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2 comments:

  1. I've always been fascinated by fireflies since I was little. Growing up in FL they are very rare but I would always catch them in a jar when we visited NC during the summer..lol. Thanks for the info & for linking up at the Geeky Educational Link Up!

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    1. We are hoping to see some this year too, Jess! Thank you for providing a great link-up.

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