People know them as “fireflies” or as “lightning bugs.” They are famous for producing their own light, which allows them to glow in the dark. A few places support so many of them that people travel from miles around just to experience their evening show. But other creatures besides these insects produce light. Some millipedes, a few mushrooms, and a lot of dinoflagellates in the ocean’s plankton also glow in the dark. This production of light is known as “bioluminescence,” basically meaning “life light.” Properly evaluated and understood, this bioluminescence phenomenon could explain how a reindeer’s nose might actually glow.
Part of our Loveland Lights 2018 Celebration!
Registration is not required but come early for seating.