Some adult fireflies consume flower pollen, dew droplets and nectar. Some adult fireflies eat nothing. During their larval stage, fireflies are carnivorous insects that either feed on decomposing bodies or hunt ants, snails, earthworms and other arthropods found in the soil.
The larvae immobilize their prey by injecting it with an anesthetic digestive fluid before starting to feed on it with their strong jaws. After one or two years when pupation occurs, fireflies turn from carnivorous to herbivorous. It is not uncommon for adult fireflies of many of the nearly 2,000 species, especially wingless female fireflies, to not eat at all.Learn More
Fireflies glow due to a chemical reaction in a specialized organ within their body. Firefly lights differ between species and function in courtship, as a way for compatible insects to find one another.Full Answer >
Ladybugs eat aphids, which are tiny, soft-bodied insects that feed on plants. According to Ladybug Lady, a single ladybug can eat as many as 50 aphids in one day. Ladybugs eat both the larvae and the adult forms of the aphids, and for this reason, many farmers use ladybugs to control pests on their crops. Ladybugs obtain moisture and nutrition from the aphids they eat.Full Answer >
Cicadas feed exclusively upon tree sap. Most of their feeding behavior occurs during their extended larval stage, during which they live underground and suck sap from the roots of trees. It is common folklore that adult cicadas do not eat, but this is not true.Full Answer >
Scorpions feed primarily on small arthropods, insects and other scorpions, although some large species have been known to prey on mice and small lizards. Like spiders, scorpions are carnivorous arachnids. They feed opportunistically, meaning their diet changes according to what is available in a given place.Full Answer >