Lampyridae


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Related to Lampyridae: Meloidae, Elateridae, Cantharidae

Lampyridae

[lam′pir·ə‚dē]
(invertebrate zoology)
The firefly beetles, a large cosmopolitan family of coleopteran insects in the superfamily Cantharoidea.

Lampyridae

 

(fireflies), a family of nocturnal beetles. The body is elongate and, in females, wormlike. The coloration is dark. In some species the adult females have an organ of luminescence—a modified fatty body—at the end of the abdomen; the larvae and ova of many species also emit light but not as intensely as the adult females. Fireflies feed mainly on mol-lusks. There are about 2,000 species. Lampyris noctiluca is common in the north and in the central zone. Males of this species reach 15 mm in length and fly well; females reach 18 mm in length and are wingless. The species Luciola suturalis, which emits a bright light, is found in the south.

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A Study of Rhagophthalmidae and Lampyridae in Hong Kong with descriptions of new species (Coleoptera): Part 1.
Four families [Eucinetidae, Lampyridae, Oedemeridae, Corylophidae (as Orthoperidae)], each represented by single species, included in the South Carolina list were not present in our samples, but only one of these was represented by a common species (Eucinetus strigosus LeConte).
B Elateridae Anchastus asper LeConte Neotrichophorus carolinensis Schaeffer Lycidae Calochromus perfacetus (Say) Lycus lateralis 3 Melsheimer Plateros 2 flavoscutellatus Blatchley Lampyridae Pyractonema angulata (Say) Cantharidae Chauliognathus 17 marginatus (Fabricius) Polemius laticornis Say Tytthonyx flavicollis Blatchley Dermestidae Attagenus fasciatus 1 (Thunberg) Cryptorhopalum 5 focale Beal Cryptorhopalum ruficorne LeConte Cleridae Enoclerus lunatus 2 (Klug) Melyridae Attalus 3 circumscriptus Say Attalus sp.
carolinus in its native setting were determined as there are at least 13 Lampyridae species commonly found in Elkmont during the P.