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Genus Lucidota

daytime firefly - Lucidota atra Black Firefly Pupa - Lucidota atra - female Black Beetle with Orange around Head - Lucidota atra black firefly - Lucidota atra Firefly  - Lucidota atra Black Firefly - Lucidota atra Lucidota atra? - Lucidota atra Lucidota punctata? - Lucidota punctata
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 Lucidota
Explanation of Names
Lucidota LaPorte 1833
from Latin lucidus 'bright, shining, clear'
Numbers
a very large genus but with just 3 spp. in our area(1)
Size
6-12 mm
Identification
Small day-flying fireflies with light-producing organs absent or reduced to small yellowish spots on last abdominal sternite in female or last two sternites in male; antennae long, flattened, but not quite serrate(2):

L. atra is ~12 mm; L. punctata is ~6 mm.
See Also
Ellychnia -diurnal, lacks light organs
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.A Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern North America
Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence. 1961. Row, Peterson, and Company.