ASK about the species and sequencing.
CHAT in a 30 minute text chat with the species champion.
VOTE for a species to be sequenced for the first time ever!
No one knows, but we seem to be getting rarer
About 1 Gbp
A little creature that lived in the sea 560 million years ago
I should be sequenced because...: it would show how we are related to other fireflies, and to glow-worms in other parts of the UK, which could help to conserve us.
I am the only animal in the UK that can shine a light from its bottom! I’m a sort of beetle called a firefly. I spent the first two or three years of my life as a larva, coming out at night to feed on snails. As you can see from this photo, I can eat a snail perhaps a hundred times my own weight (that’s about the same as a human eating an elephant). I can switch on a light at the tip of my tail to warn predators that I taste disgusting.
When I turned into an adult I had a much brighter light, which I use to attract other glow-worms. Only male glow-worms have wings, so the females stand still and use their light to guide the flying males to them.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Brightly glowing beetle
What's it like where you live?
Dark. we mostly come out at night to feed and glow
What's your favourite food?
Slugs and snails (delicious)
What's your family life like?
Lonely. We rarely see each other for the two or three years of our childhood, until we turn into adults
Are you endangered or threatened by anything?
Yes, things like pollution and our habitat being destroyed
What's the best thing about you/interesting fact?
From the moment we're born we can make a wonderful bright green light from our tails
The champion of this species is...
John Tyler and Robin Scagell