One thing I love about walking in my neighborhood at night - besides looking into my neighbors' houses, I mean - are the fireflies. But did you know that their flashes are actually a form of communication (and sometimes even a mating dance)?
Fireflies live underground as larvae for about two years before emerging for a two-week, flat-out sprint through adulthood. They spend their adult lives courting and mating—they don't even stop to eat.
Fireflies aren't flies at all. They are beetles. And some have different colors. The ones in my neighborhood have yellow lights - but there are fireflies that shine orange and green. Some don't have lights but emit pheromones to attract mates instead.
A firefly's light organ, called a lantern, is in its abdomen. In males, two segments of the abdomen light up, and in females, just part of one. (As usual, the females are getting just as much done with half as much to work with.) ;) And, I am not making this up, the females tend to prefer males with faster and longer flashes.