Where Do Lightning Bugs Go During the Day?

Lightning bugs don't travel far from where they blink at night.
••• Kim Steele/Photodisc/Getty Images

Male and female lightning bugs, also called fireflies, are nocturnal and communicate at night by flashing light in their abdomens in specific patterns to find a mate. They spend their days resting close to the spot where you see them after dark.

Daytime

During the day, lightning bugs hide in tall grasses and shrubs. Vegetation also provides shade to keep them cool on hot summer days.

After Dark

Lightning bugs spend most of the day on the ground. But at night they crawl to the top of tall grasses and fly to low hanging tree branches to better broadcast their flashing signals.

Habitat

Lightning bugs live close to standing water, near decaying debris and wood. They thrive in warm and humid climates but some species are also found in dry areas.

Related Articles

What Do Lightning Bugs Eat?
What Type of Ecosystem Does an Owl Live in?
What Is a June Bug & Japanese Beetle?
Roly-Poly Bug Facts
How Does an Earthworm Sense Light?
Moths That Have Markings of a Cross on Wings
Why Are the Barn Swallows & Dragonflies Swarming?
What Do Mahi Mahi Fish Eat?
How Do Elephants Sleep?
Insects in Temperate Deciduous Forests
How Do Buzzards Nest?
Characteristics of Aquatic Plants
Facts About Silkworms
How to Make Hummingbird Nectar
Flowers & Plants Found in Temperate Forests
What Is the Difference Between a Badger and a Wolverine?
Animals in the Desert Ecosystem
How Does a Turkey Reproduce?
Life Cycle of Bats
Life Cycle of a Blue Poison Dart Frog

Dont Go!

We Have More Great Sciencing Articles!