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A new insect emitting strong light

    P G Jonsson

Keywords: Insect bioluminescence

A handful of insects emitting green, yellow and red light of exceptional strength has been spotted in Sweden. Once collected, this colorful insect may give important insight into insect evolution and bioluminescence.

Some observations were made at a close distance giving a clear picture of their action. A few snapshots show patterns of light resembling that of known species.

Insects of this nature aren't supposed to appear in Scandinavia, but unique beetles are sometimes found in old oaks, which were more widespread in the past and back in the Stone Age.

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Updated: 25-Jan-02

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