Fireflies and Internal Light

Do you wonder where fireflies got their internal light? Fireflies actually contain the so-called Luciferin. This substance when combined with oxygen will enable them to produce light. This process is called bioluminescence and they light up to attract the mate. Same is true with angler fish which also produces light, but they use it to catch the prey.

3 Comments on “Fireflies and Internal Light”

  1. If these bugs use “Luciferin” then why can’t we artificially make this substance? If it produces light with oxygen which is abundant in the atmosphere(DUH) then we can save a lot more money than spending billion(the U.S) on researching “Clean Energy” when there is something in the air flying flickering it’s light in our face while the stupid researches say hm… What can we do? Let’s build 20W light bulbs instead!

  2. VIN… Before criticizing researchers who know a great deal about energy and the difficulties with producing it efficiently get a clue yourself.

    Energy has to come from somewhere. In the case of fireflies, energy from metabolism is used to produce Luciferin which has high potential energy that is released as light when it is oxidized by oxygen.

    For “stupid researches” to produce Luciferin, they would need to expend energy, no doubt much less efficiently than they do now to produce energy.

    You would do well not to assume that experts have no idea what they are doing, especially when you obviously have very limited understanding of energy use and thermodynamics.

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