1 day to go to National Insect Week
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.
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.