Fireflies Blink In Unison-For The Ladies

UConn Professor Andrew Moiseff has conducted research into why fireflies sometimes blink their lights in unison, and his discovery was interesting yet not surprising-males blink in unison to attract the attention of females. What is surprising, however, is that male fireflies appear to synch up with each other and blink in unison to cut down on female confusion, so she won't have any trouble finding a suitable mate. In fact, females had an overwhelmingly positive response to the males that blinked in unison, and tended to shun the non-unison blinkers altogether, which proves that female fireflies don't appreciate individuality.


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