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Firefly or Lightning bug (female)

Abscondita perplexa


Lampyridae is a family of insects in the beetle order Coleoptera. They are winged beetles, and commonly called fireflies or lightning bugs for their conspicuous crepuscular use of bioluminescence to attract mates or prey. I found this firefly still blinking in my bathroom in the morning. I carefully picked it up and put it outside. For 2 or 3 minutes it played dead, before moving away. The white band on the underneath is the place that lights up.


About 2,000 species of firefly are found in temperate and tropical environments. Many are in marshes or in wet, wooded areas where their larvae have abundant sources of food.

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Abscondita perplexa (Walker, 1858)

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pamsai 9 years ago

thank you Michael...

pamsai 10 years ago

oh thanks for that info Wong3...

Wong3 10 years ago

you have a female firefly (one light segment)

pamsai 10 years ago

thanks Saswata

SaswataChowdhury 10 years ago

fire fly.....those r all over the garden when night comes.

pamsai 10 years ago

Does anyone know if this is a glowworm or a fire fly? It's light blinked on and off and it was walking around my bathroom floor in the morning. I think I have seen the same flickering light flying in the garden at night, but maybe something else.

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Tamil Nadu, India

Spotted on Jan 5, 2013
Submitted on Jan 5, 2013

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