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Common Eastern Firefly (Big Dipper Firefly)

Photinus pyralis

Description:

A Common Eastern Firefly hitching a ride on my bootlace.

Habitat:

Entrance to a Woodland Trail

Notes:

Flash is distinctive: male hovers about two feet (0.6 m) above ground, then drops vertically, gives single prolonged flash as is ascending, then flash diminishes (4). Flashing occurs at dusk, earlier in evening than most other fireflies.

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2 Comments

Joseph R. Godreau
Joseph R. Godreau 2 years ago

You're right - Thank you! And thanks for helping with my other "unidentified insects." I was beginning to think I would never identify them. :)

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 2 years ago

I think this looks a lot like Photinus pyralis. http://bugguide.net/node/view/63819

Joseph R. Godreau
Spotted by
Joseph R. Godreau

Michigan, USA

Lat: 42.30, Long: -83.66

Spotted on Jul 13, 2016
Submitted on Feb 28, 2017

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