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Species Phosphaenus hemipterus - Lesser Glowworm

Phosphaenus hemipterus - male Phosphaenus hemipterus - female Phosphaenus hemipterus - female Phosphaenus hemipterus
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 Lucidotini
Genus Phosphaenus
Species hemipterus (Lesser Glowworm)
Explanation of Names
Phosphaenus hemipterus (Goeze 1777)
the only known lampyrid with both sexes flightless; adults are diurnal(1)
native to Europe (widespread there), adventive in NA (e. Canada, NS-ON)(1)
partially disturbed anthropogenic sites with lawn areas, mixed patches of shrubs, hedgerows, some trees, hardened paths, spots of bare earth and proximity to concrete/rock walls and/or paved areas(1)
larvae feed on earthworms; adults do not feed(1)
earliest record in our area: NS 1947; the only lampyrid to have been introduced to NA; dispersal abilities of the beetle are limited, so different location where it is established imply separate introduction events(1)