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What is JUGNU (FIREFLIES / LIGHTENING BUGS / GLOW WORMS) ? How do they emit light?

Asked by Kelly Sharma, 26 Jun '07 10:48 pm
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Light production in fireflies is due to a chemical reaction that occurs in specialized light-emitting organs, usually on the lower abdomen. The enzyme luciferase acts on luciferin in this organ to stimulate light emission. This reaction is of scientific interest. Genes coding for these substances have been inserted into many different organisms (see Applications in Luciferase). Luciferase is also used in forensics, and the enzyme has medical uses.

The process of light production in fireflies is called bioluminescence. Its function in the adult beetles is primarily to locate other individuals of the same species for reproduction. Many species, especially in the genus Photinus (genus), are distinguished by the unique courtship flash patterns emitted by flying males in search of females. Photinus females generally do not fly, but give a flash response to males of their own species.
Answered by Ashish jain, 26 Jun '07 10:50 pm

 
  
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Due to chemical reaction ih its body
Answered by aalekh gupta, 26 Jun '07 10:50 pm

 
  
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