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lightning bug - Photinus

lightning bug - Photinus
Henryetta, Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, USA
June 2, 2005
Size: 7mm
On my storm door, which seems to need cleaning.

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lightning bug - Photinus lightning bug - Photinus

Moved from Photinus.

This is a Photinus alright, b
This is a Photinus alright, but there is no comparative showcasing of the male dorsal habitus yet, so species can't be told apart on that basis unless one has worked with them for many years. The locality and size reference will help, but sorting through all the published records and using the process of elimination with these three criteria is too big a chore. Correspondents to BugGuide should send specimens to curators in their area for identification. I'll copy these remarks to all Photinus entries.

Why are these nice images in Frass? It is such a good view of the ventral side that I think it deserves to be in the guide.