Welcome to the not so secret society of the firefly. The Luciferian Brotherhood of the Fireflies, who light up the darkness of the night-time sky.
The reason why these flying insects light up is from the result of a chemical reaction inside their bodies that causes a luminescence (chemiluminescent) in their abdomen that arises from a cycle of reactions between the air and biochemicals called ATP, luciferin and the enzyme luciferase. Luciferin is heat-resistant, and it glows under the right conditions. Luciferase is an enzyme that triggers light emission. ATP, a chemical within the firefly’s body, converts to energy and initiates the glow.
This is why they have the name fire and are also known as lightning bugs, or luminous beetles. Even as an infant in the form of a glow-worm, the baby firefly shows signs of light. The Master God Firefly said, "Let there be light, and so there was light."
Frogs love fireflies. In fact, they eat so many of them that after time, they start to become Luciferians themselves and began to glow as well. It comes from a mineral called phosphorus, which is found in small amounts in the firefly's body. These same methods employed by the firefly, and even the frogs to produce its light is the same way we humans use this same chemical. A role that phosphorus plays in nature is similar in the metabolism of plants, animals and we humans.
All living things, not just fireflies, contain ATP and phosphorus. Phosphorus is the major energy storage molecule in living organisms, and a main component of human DNA, RNA and ATP, that combine with phospholipids to form all our cell membranes. It is through our DNA which contains this chemical light called phosphorus, that we become conscious to the world and who we are, in order to live in the light. It is also known as the universal agent and philosopher's stone. The word phosphorus means “Light-Bringer”, and the Latin word corresponding to Greek Phosphorus is “Lucifer”.
Hence, Lucifer is really just an allegory to describe the light of phosphorus which resides in our very own DNA, and the same methods used by the brotherhood of the Luciferian Fireflies.
- Fireflies emit light mostly to attract mates, and also to communicate.
- Fireflies can recognize their own species and the sex of another firefly by species-specific flash patterns.
- An adult firefly lives only long enough to mate and lay eggs.
- Fireflies are primarily carnivorous. Larvae usually eat snails and worms. Some species of fireflies feed on other fireflies.
- Firefly lights are the most efficient lights in the world.
- There are more than two thousand species of fireflies found in the world.
- Most fireflies found in the U.S. are east of the Rocky Mountains.