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Species Pyropyga decipiens

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
Family Lampyridae (Fireflies)
Subfamily Lampyrinae
Tribe Lucidotini
Genus Pyropyga
Species decipiens (Pyropyga decipiens)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pyropyga decipiens (Harris)
Orig. Comb: Lampyris decipiens Harris 1836
Size
4.5-7.3 mm(1)
Identification
The pronotum may be pale with only the median vitta dark, or it may have in addition narrow obscurely darker borders. In the latter case the resemblance to P. nigricans may cause some uncertainty in identification unless the genitalia are examined. The median vitta may become quite wide, covering all, or nearly all, of the convex surface. Sometimes a combination of wider vitta and darker borders results in the complete elimination of pale lateral areas. These various color patterns intergrade and do not permit a definite segregation of color phases. In the female the terminal ventral segment is broadly, very feebly, arcuately emarginate, as compared to angulately notched in P. nigricans. (1)
Range
e. NA, except se US (NS-ON south to NC-TN)(1)(2)
The western limits (beyond Tenn.) cannot be given from the available material.(1)
Season
a sharp peak during the first half of July in Atlantic Canada(3)
Print References
Harris, T.W. 1836. Characteristics of some previously described North American coleopterous insects, and descriptions of others which appear to be new, in the collection of Mr. Abraham Halsey. Transactions of the Natural History Society of Hartford 1: 65-91.
Works Cited
1.Revision of the species of Pyropyga (Lampyridae)
Green J.W. 1961. The Coleopterists Bulletin 15: 65-74.
2.The fireflies (Coleptera; Lampyridae) of Ontario
Luk S.P.L., Marshall S.A., Branham M.A. 2011. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification 16: 1-105.
3.The Lampyridae (Coleoptera) of Atlantic Canada
Majka C.G. 2012. Journal of the Acadian Entomological Society 8: 11-29.