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  • A soft-bodied beetle with luminescent organs in the abdomen, especially the larvalike wingless female which emits light to attract the flying male.
    • Families Lampyridae (in particular the European Lampyris noctiluca) and Phengodidae (in particular the American Zarhipis integripennis)
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    • While some locals have ascribed the lights to UFOs, others blamed swarms of fireflies or even glow-worms.
    • That night, after dark, we descended to a cutaway in a hillside where we could view the tiny lights of glow-worms, a first for all of us.
    • The best way to explore them and see the unique blue light of the glow-worms clinging to them is on a black-water rafting trip.

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