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Are lightning bugs and fireflies the same thing?

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The Lampyridae are a family of insects in the beetle order Coleoptera with over 2,000 described species. They are soft-bodied beetles that are commonly called fireflies or lightning bugs for their conspicuous use of bioluminescence during twilight to attract mates or prey. In other words, yes it is.

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The names are used interchangeably depending on geographical location.

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