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Firefly

Vesta sp.

Description:

Firefly (Lampyridae) about 15mm-20mm in length (excluding antennae). Similar looking with Lychnuris praetexta or Pyrocoelia praetexta E. Olivier, 1911. Update Feb 11, 2016: ID changed from Pyrocoelia sp. to Vesta sp. as suggested by PN member MichaelGeiser.

Habitat:

River bank in Brgy. Malupak, Lucban, Province of Quezon.

Notes:

The Lampyridae are a family of insects in the beetle order Coleoptera. They are winged beetles, and commonly called fireflies or lightning bugs for their conspicuous use of bioluminescence during twilight to attract mates or prey. (Wikipedia)

1 species ID suggestions

firefly
Vesta sp.

4 Comments

Thank you MichaelGeiser!

bayucca
bayucca 3 years ago

Thanks, Michael!

MichaelGeiser
MichaelGeiser 3 years ago

Yes, it's a species of Lampyridae (firefly), but not the genus Pyrocoelia ( = Lychnuris), because it has quite a different pronotum shape. Pyrocoelia has characteristic, transparent "windows" on the fore half of the pronotum, not present here.
This is a species of the genus Vesta, which has quite a lot of species on the Philippines. Unfortunately, there is very little information on them on the internet, so I can't come up with a good reference, other than scientific literature.

Many thanks Dominik! ID now updated :)

Quezon, Philippines

Lat: 14.11, Long: 121.56

Spotted on Mar 28, 2015
Submitted on Sep 11, 2015

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