Everyone knows how fireflies got their name, but many people don’t know how the insects produce their signature glow. Fireflies have dedicated light organs that are located under their abdomens. The insects take in oxygen and, inside special cells, combine it with a substance called luciferin to produce light with almost no heat. Firefly light is usually intermittent, and flashes in patterns that are unique to each species. Each blinking pattern is an optical signal that helps fireflies find potential mates! Make your own glow in the dark fireflies with this fun project.
- Black construction paper
- Black pipe cleaner
- Plastic spoon
- Glow in the dark paint
Step 1: Paint each spoon with glow in dark paint.
Step 2: Cut two wings and one body per spoon.
Step 3: Glue the body to the spoon, then glue the wings to the body. Cut 2 little antennae from the pipe cleaner and glue to the head.
Step 4: Take into a closet or dark room and watch them glow!
More about nocturnal animals:
Nocturnal animals are more active at night than during the day. These animals sleep during the day, often in a burrow or den. They have special adaptations that help them survive in the dark. Over millions of years, these animals have developed traits that help them survive in the darkness. Nocturnal animals may have larger ears to hear better, bigger eyes to see better, and body parts that glow in the night.
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