They are winged beetles, named for their use of bioluminescence to attract mates or prey. Fireflies produce a "cold light", with no infrared or ultraviolet frequencies. This chemically produced light from the lower abdomen may be yellow, green, or pale-red, with wavelengths from 510 to 670 nanometers. This one produced yellow light. Adult diet varies. Some are predatory, while others feed on plant pollen or nectar.
Lat: 35.93, Long: -79.04
Spotted on Jun 30, 2012
Submitted on Jul 1, 2012
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