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Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

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Genus Pyractomena

Firefly - Pyractomena angulata Pyractomena Pyractomena Pyractomena larva? - Pyractomena armored, segmented insect - Pyractomena Pink & Yellow beetle  - Pyractomena borealis Pyractomena linearis (?) - Pyractomena Pyractomena angulata (Say) - Pyractomena angulata
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 Cratomorphini
Genus Pyractomena
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
often misspelled "Pyractonema" --which is a different (South American) genus (1)
Explanation of Names
Pyractomena LeConte 1845
18 spp. in our area(1)
Strong apical pronotal angle, with the anterior pronotal half obfuscate
across NA except sw. US, with just scattered localities west of KS(1)
Print References
Green, J.W. 1957. Revision of the Nearctic species of Pyractomena. Wasmann Journal of Biology 15(2): 237-284.
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.