(STUDY FINDS) -- MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. — Few insects capture children’s imaginations quite like the firefly. These beautiful beetles are well known for their bioluminescent glow, and millions of people look back fondly on summer nights as a child spent chasing and capturing these so-called “lightning bugs.” Now, a new study finds that a variety of factors are endangering the existence of fireflies all over the planet.
Researchers from Tufts University and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature have identified three main threats to the firefly: loss of suitable habitats, widespread use of pesticides, and artificial light. Of those three, habitat loss is the biggest problem facing fireflies in most regions, followed by light pollution and then pesticides. To come to their findings, researchers surveyed firefly experts from all over the world.
“Lots of wildlife species are declining because their habitat is shrinking,” explains study author Sara Lewis, professor of biology at Tufts University, in a release.
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