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RIP Lucihormetica luckae:

A volcano may have snuffed out the light of a tricky glowing cockroach.

What Glows in the Night

Humans may figuratively glow from within, but many species literally emit a natural glow. Here, we celebrate just some of these flashy organisms, such as these fireflies. Photographer Tsuneaki Hiramatsu used slow–shutter speed photos to produce images like this one of firefly signals.

In conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History’s upcoming “Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence exhibition,” curator John Sparks of the museum’s Department of Ichthyology explains how and why some creatures have a glow.

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Above images are of fireflies and a scorpion.

photo 1: Tsuneaki Hiramatsu

photo 2: AMNH\D. Finn