Firefly Lampyris noctiluca

Firefly Lampyris noctiluca

This illustration of the Firefly Lampyris noctiluca is a tribute to the written work of Jean-Henri Fabre (1823-1915). Naturalist extraordinaire, Fabre was an admirable self-taught scientist with a passion and endless curiosity for insects, in addition to dabbling in scientific illustration, music, poetry, and education. His ten volumes on the life history of some of the better and less known European species of insects are as engaging as instructive, never heavy on the scientific terms or dull. Here, the lightning bugs he so passionately writes about are seen from below, with the wingless female contorting her lit body to attract the flying males above. Along the blade of grass, using a computer font inspired on Fabre’s handwriting created for this purpose, a quote from his text reads “the light is white, calm and soft to the eyes and suggests a spark dropped by the full moon.”

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