Living Columns & Blogs

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Bringers of light

Fireflies are soft beetles that belong to the family Lampiridae. There are over 2,000 species around the world and they’re found everywhere except Antarctica. Fireflies (also called lightning bugs) have a special protein in their bellies, a pigment called luciferin. As the insect breathes, air rushes into tubes in abdomen where oxygen reacts with the luciferin. The chemical reaction gives of the glow with which we’re so familiar.

Watch the first named storm of 2018 Atlantic hurricane season form over Caribbean Sea

The first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season has officially formed over the northwestern Caribbean Sea. The National Hurricane Center upgraded the tropical disturbance to Subtropical Storm Alberto around 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 25.
NOAA Ashley Jean Reese