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‘Silent Sparks’ illuminates fascinating world of fireflies

New book explores cultural, scientific interest in lightning bugs

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10:00am, June 12, 2016
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LIGHT SHOW  Not all types of fireflies light up as adults and engage in flashy mating displays. That tidbit on the insects’ behavior and other facts are detailed in a new book.

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Silent Sparks
Sara Lewis
Princeton Univ., $29.95

Kids are fascinated by fireflies. So are scientists, who, despite decades of research, are still perplexed by many of the mysteries posed by “lightning bugs.” In Silent Sparks, biologist Sara Lewis explores both the cultural and scientific fascination with these marvelous beetles.

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