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Genus Pyropyga

Pyropyga sp. - Pyropyga decipiens lampryid 1 - Pyropyga minuta Firefly - Pyropyga  Pyropyga nigricans - Pyropyga nigricans Pyropyga nigricans?? - Pyropyga nigricans Small Firefly - Pyropyga Pyropyga? - Pyropyga Pyropyga minuta (LeConte) - Pyropyga minuta
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
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
revised by Green (1961)(1)
Explanation of Names
Pyropyga Motschulsky 1852
Greek 'fire butt' (refers to the light organs)
4 spp. in our area, 10 total(2)(1)
5-9 mm
Small, dark fireflies, similar to Ellychnia. Note these characters (3):
reduced (but not completely absent) light organs (absent in Ellychnia)
third antennal segment as long as or slightly longer than fourth segment (3rd shorter than 4th in Ellychnia)
small, 5-9 mm (Ellychnia typically >10 mm)
New World, incl. most of our area(1)
Works Cited
1.Revision of the species of Pyropyga (Lampyridae)
Green J.W. 1961. The Coleopterists Bulletin 15: 65-74.
2.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.
3.A Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern North America
Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence. 1961. Row, Peterson, and Company.