Lightning Bugs, Fireflies - Call Them What You Will, They're Awesome : Short Wave There are thousands of species of lightning bug and they live all over the world except in Antarctica. Maddie and Emily discuss lots of other amazing tidbits about the family Lampyridae and talk about what humans can do to preserve the bugs, which are facing widespread habitat disruption.

Lightning Bugs, Fireflies - Call Them What You Will, They're Awesome

Lightning Bugs, Fireflies - Call Them What You Will, They're Awesome

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Thousands of dancing fireflies in Japan create an enchanted forest. Photographer Kei Nomiyama has visited the Japanese island Shikoku every year since 2012 to capture the mesmerizing images of thousands of fireflies glowing in the forest. Kei Nomiyama/Barcroft Media via Getty Images hide caption

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Thousands of dancing fireflies in Japan create an enchanted forest. Photographer Kei Nomiyama has visited the Japanese island Shikoku every year since 2012 to capture the mesmerizing images of thousands of fireflies glowing in the forest.

Kei Nomiyama/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

There are thousands of species of lightning bug and they live all over the world except in Antarctica. Maddie and Emily discuss lots of other amazing tidbits about the family Lampyridae and talk about what humans can do to preserve the bugs, which are facing widespread habitat disruption.

This story was produced by Brit Hanson, edited by Gisele Grayson and fact-checked by Indi Khera. Stuart Rushfield provided engineering support.