There’s method in a firefly’s flashes

The light signals can be a mating call or a way to ward off predators

A photo of a firefly flashing

FLASH DANCE Fireflies use their tail lights for mating. New evidence suggests that the flashing may also warn off nocturnal predators.

Dr. Stephen Marshall

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