firefly

Firefly resting on a leaf
Firefly Quick Facts

Despite its name, fireflies are not flies at all! Instead, they have hardened forewings called elytra, and belong to the most abundant order of insects, Coleoptera, or the beetles.

Fireflies
Firefly Ecosystem Services

Fireflies are beneficial insects that you want around! The larvae of most species are specialised predators that feed on soft-bodied invertebrates like snails, slugs, and mites.