A firefly crawling over a mound of orange flowers in the day time.

Lightning Bugs and LEDs

Lightning Bugs and LEDs

Lightning bugs, or Lampyridae photuris, have lit up the science of light.

Researchers at Penn State University have found that emulating the asymmetrical obtuse microstructures of a firefly, rather than today's symmetrical structure increases the amount of light able to escape releasing ultrahigh light extraction efficiency (LEE) light emitting diodes (LEDs). Or, if you make an LED like a firefly's butt, it's brighter.

Fireflly perched on a blade of grass lighting up to attract a mate.

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