That is too kool, I haven't seen bioluminescent fireflies in a long time
and never in Utah. Now I'll have to look for them!Maybe it
should read "mix two enzymes that contain the elements magnesium and
oxygen" instead of "mix the two enzymes magnesium and oxygen".
I'm pretty sure that magnesium and oxygen are not enzymes.
I found your article on firefly a very interesting, particularly that you
mentioned they had not been found in Utah for many years. As a young boy in
rural utah over 50 years ago we used to catch fireflies regularly. We enjoyed
them then and find it interesting that they are being studied more now. We have
also seen fireflies while backpacking in Southern Utah in the past few years.
Thank you for the article.
We get hundreds in our yard here in VA every summer. As a biologist I have
to say that magnesium and oxygen are not enzymes, as the article may lead you to
believe. An enzyme called luciferase is used in light production, which may
indeed require magnesium and oxygen (but they are not enzymes). Luciferase has
the same root as the name Lucifer, meaning "light bearer."
Cool!I've worked as a software engineer on projects in every
area of the U.S. While working in the Southeast, particularly Florida, Kentucky
and S. Carolina, I very much enjoyed seeing them in the late dusk and evening.
Just fascinating to watch and try to track them as they flickered in and out of
sight. Now that they've been sighted here, though only very rarely, I look
forward to being one of the lucky few to see them again....in Utah.
We had them in our yard in rural Duchesne county, more than 10 years ago.
Wonderful to watch.
During WWII, the family lived in Nashville, Tennessee. One night my brothers and
I caught a couple of Mason jars full of fireflies and took them to our room.
Later, my brother was leaning out of the window talking to a couple of neighbor
kids. A warden came by and threatened to turn us in for violating the
black-out. He would not believe the light was from a couple of jars of
fireflies. We had to cover up the jars.
There is a place near Redstone, CO that is supposed to have fireflies that are
not found anywhere else. I've never seen any kind of fireflies in UT or CO,
but I'm glad they are furnishing a science experience for those who are
lucky enough to see them. FUN.
Back in the late sixties, I saw fire-flies on the south end of Midway, Ut.