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Genus Ellychnia - Diurnal Fireflies

Diurnal Firefly - Ellychnia corrusca Found on a tree - Ellychnia corrusca firefly  - Ellychnia corrusca Shenandoah firefly - Ellychnia corrusca Ellychnia corrusca Ellychnia - Ellychnia corrusca firefly on the snow - Ellychnia corrusca Winter Firefly - Ellychnia corrusca - Ellychnia
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)
Superfamily Elateroidea (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
Family Lampyridae (Fireflies)
Subfamily Lampyrinae
Tribe Photinini
Genus Ellychnia (Diurnal Fireflies)
Other Common Names
Day-flying Firefly, Winter Firefly
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
several spp. from sw. US (E. flavicollis, E. bivulneris) and the Pacific coast currently placed here are not congeneric with E. corrusca and appear to be more closely related to Vesta (another messed up taxon) or a discontinuous coastal complex that includes the Chilean Pyractena. --based on Joe Cicero's 29.viii.2014 comment
Explanation of Names
Ellychnia Blanchard 1845
Greek 'lamp wick' (from lychnos 'lamp')
Numbers
>12 spp. in our area (needs revision)(1)
Size
5-14 mm
Range
across NA(1)
Habitat
Active during the day; common on tree trunks in spring, on goldenrod and asters in autumn(2), or on flowers and grassy vegetation, esp. in moist habitats(3)
See Also
Lucidota, especially L. atra
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.Peterson Field Guides: Beetles
Richard E. White. 1983. Houghton Mifflin Company.
3.Field Guide to Beetles of California
Arthur V. Evans and James N. Hogue. 2006. University of California Press.