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Common Glow-worm / Krijesnica

Lampyris noctiluca


These are beetles, as evidenced by the hard cases which close over the wings when they are not in use. Lampyris noctiluca presents a conspicuous sexual dimorphism. The males are winged, with brown elytra, a clearer pronotum and a large brown spot in the middle, while females are larviforme, wings are missing and they are often twice the size of the males (up to 25 mm in length). These beetles use their bioluminescence to attract mates. The adult females are mostly famed for their glow, although all stages of their life cycle are capable of glowing. The flightless larviform females sit in grass and low vegetation at dusk (typically 22 - 23 h, although in shaded places such as woods it will be earlier), turning their rear-ends upwards.


The range of this beetle stretches from Portugal and Britain in the west, right across Europe and Asia to China in the east. It also survives further north than any other firefly, almost reaching the Arctic Circle. It is not found in North or South America. hey are found in old-growth grassland, especially on chalk and limestone soils. They are also found in verges, hedgebanks, and on heaths. The larvae live in sheltered places – under rocks and wood, but do crawl over different terrains.

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Spotted on May 9, 2013
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