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Species Lucidota atra - Black Firefly

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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 Photinini
Genus Lucidota
Species atra (Black Firefly)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lucidota atra (Olivier)
Orig. Comb: Lampyris atra Olivier 1790
Explanation of Names
atra = 'black'
7.5-13.0 mm(1)
e NA (NM-FL-NS-MB) (2)(3)
Open woodlands, often found on trees
Life Cycle
Day-active. Males do not flash, except perhaps immediately after eclosion
Adult exudes a milky fluid from joints of legs and abdomen when captured. Light organs appear as small yellowish spots on last abdominal sternite of female or last two sternites of male.(4)
Works Cited
1.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.
2.Bousquet Y., ed. (1991) Checklist of the beetles of Canada and Alaska
3.The Beetles of Northeastern North America, Vol. 1 and 2.
Downie, N.M., and R.H. Arnett. 1996. The Sandhill Crane Press, Gainesville, FL.
4.A Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern North America
Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence. 1961. Row, Peterson, and Company.