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Genus Pyractomena

Pyractomena Larva - Pyractomena Lampyrid - unident - Pyractomena Memphis Bioblitz 2016 Lampyrinae - Pyractomena Lampyridae, lateral - Pyractomena - male - female Larva - Pyractomena Pyractomena? - Pyractomena - male - female Lightening bug  - Pyractomena firefly in a spider web - Pyractomena
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea
Family Lampyridae (Fireflies)
Subfamily Lampyrinae
Tribe Cratomorphini
Genus Pyractomena
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
revised in (1)
Explanation of Names
Pyractomena LeConte 1845
18 spp. in our area(2)
Strong apical pronotal angle, with the anterior pronotal half obfuscate
across NA except sw. US, with just scattered localities west of KS(2)
not to be confused with Pyractonema (a neotropcal genus)(2)
Works Cited
1.Revision of the Nearctic species of Pyractomena.
Green, J.W. 1957. Wasmann Journal of Biology 15(2): 237-284.
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.