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How do fireflies power their blinking butts?

The bioluminescent dating game going on in your backyard.

firefly glow

Electric boogaloo.

Pete Sucheski and John Kuehn

ireflies are butt gals. So are their male amori. On warm summer nights, both sexes home in on the blinking light of their crush’s derrière. that populates North America, it is a choreographed dance. Next time you’re sitting on the sidelines, or grass, here’s a guide to the dating game going on in your backyard.

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