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Dendroides sp. - Pterotus obscuripennis

Dendroides sp. - Pterotus obscuripennis
Oakridge, Lane County, Oregon, USA
June 11, 2002
Size: 7 mm

Are these in Southern California?
I collected something identical to this (and it is NOT Zarhippus) in Julian, California (San Diego County) a couple weeks ago. Actually, the only difference is that the tibiae and tarsi on mine are black. I knew it was something special when I determined it was not Zarhippus. Are there fireflies in S. California afer all??

Oh, how cool! This is actually a type of firefly, a male of Pterotus obscuripennis. Females are larviform, meaning they reach sexual maturity while retaining a larval appearance. I've only collected one specimen myself. Neat animals! Thanks for sharing this really nice image.

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