Lampyridae is a family of insects in the beetle order Coleoptera. They are winged beetles, and commonly called fireflies or lightning bugs for their conspicuous crepuscular use of bioluminescence to attract mates or prey. About 2,000 species of firefly are found in temperate and tropical environments. Many are in marshes or in wet, wooded areas where their larvae have abundant sources of food. These larvae emit light and are often called "glowworms", in particular, in Eurasia. In the Americas, "glow worm" also refers to the related Phengodidae. In many species, both male and female fireflies have the ability to fly, but in some species, females are flightless.
Behind the scenes
- In Walt Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean, fireflies bob and weave in and out of the Blue Bayou high swamp grass. These dancing fireflies have long been a guest favorite.
- While discussing the general atmosphere for The Curse of the Black Pearl created from references to the original attraction, screenwriter Ted Elliott mentioned, after being asked about fireflies, that they couldn't fit them into the film. Fireflies would be put into the sequel Dead Man's Chest.
- Pirates of the Caribbean (ride)
- Pirates of the Caribbean Online
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest