Fireflies EditArthropoda (Arthropoda)----Insects (Insecta)----Beetles (Coleoptera)----Polyphaga-----Elateroidea----Fireflies (Lampyridae)
Presumably "Lampyridae" is related to the word "lamp" meaning light. Fireflies are found in damp field and marshy habitats, I have not yet tried going out at night to find any yet; since in my sub-urban neighbourhood lights take over and I have only seen the non-lighted fireflies anyway. Not all fireflies have lights, the ones without lights are generally less colourful and dull, whereas the lighted fireflies are bordered by pinks, yellows and oranges with a black spot centered on their Pronotum. Light pollution is making fireflies much rarer, since the flashing display of males is harder to see and breeding becomes uncommon; indeed meaning that they are only found in areas without light pollution. The non-lighted A.K.A Diurnal fireflies however are fine in these environments since they adapt to breed in the daytime, which also means they can be seen in sub-urban city areas; these ones appear before the start of spring which is why they are also called Winter fireflies.
|Diurnal Firefly||Pictures at top of page||Lesser Oriental Firefly||Oriental Firefly|
|Ellychnia corrusca||Pyractomena dispersa||Pyractomena borealis|