Lampyridae

Pronunciation:  [Lam⋅PEER·i⋅dae]

Common Name:  Fireflies;  Lightningbugs

Description:  Fireflies are easily recognized by the yellowish segments on the underside of the abdomen where light is produced.    They use flashes of light as a courtship signal.   During the daytime, they are usually found on vegetation.    The larvae are predaceous.

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Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Elongate and soft-bodied
  2. Light-producing organ at ventral tip of abdomen
  3. Head mostly hidden below pronotum

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Order:  Coleoptera