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Fireflies - The Flashiest of Beetles at Natural History Museum

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 14:30 to 15:00

Most beetles prefer to remain inconspicuous - but not the firefly. 

Fireflies often gather in spectacular numbers to deliver a dazzling light display after dusk, with multiple species performing their distinct displays in tandem.

The results are spectacular and overwhelming.

There is order in the lights, however - as well as a tale of life, death and chemistry.

Join Museum scientist Michael Geiser to learn more about these flashiest of beetles. 

Age limits or guidance

Suitable for all

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Free to all


Did you know?

Most poisonous

There are lots of contenders here – possibly the pretty red and blue rove beetle Paederus – very, very tiny amounts of its poison have been used to cure chronic ulceration in people. Ladybirds are pretty poisonous (and pretty) and can bleed foul-tasting poisonous brightly coloured blood from their knees.