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Aggressive mimicry in Photuris: firefly femmes fatales.
By Lloyd, J.E.
Science 149(3684): 653–654., 1965
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Lloyd, J.E. 1965. Aggressive mimicry in Photuris: firefly femmes fatales. Science 149(3684): 653–654.

Abstract. Firefly females of the genus Photuris, long known to be carnivorous, attract and devour males of the genus Photinus by mimicking the flash-responses of Photinus females. Although suspected, this behavior had not been observed previously.

North American fireflies in the genus Photuris.
By Barber, H.S. and F.A. McDermott.
Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, 117(1): 1–58., 1951
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Barber, H.S. and F.A. McDermott. 1951. North American fireflies in the genus Photuris. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, 117(1): 1–58.

The North American fireflies of the genus Photuris DeJean a modification of Barber's key (Coleoptera; Lampyridae).
By McDermott, F.A.
The Coleopterists' Bulletin 21(4): 106–116., 1967
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McDermott, F.A. 1967. The North American fireflies of the genus Photuris DeJean a modification of Barber's key (Coleoptera; Lampyridae). The Coleopterists' Bulletin 21(4): 106–116.

Barber (1951, pp. 20-24) gave a key to the North American species of the firefly genus Photuris. This key is based largely on the differences in coloration of the coxae, legs, ventral abdominal segments, and other structures; in practice, the key has been found confusing owing to the considerable and overlapping variation in coloration of the various species, and Barber evidently recognized this difficulty. The few new species that have been described offer little as specific coloration.

Checklist and keys to fireflies of east-central Alabama.
By Lloyd, J.E.
Stridulator 4(3): 9-21., 1990
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Lloyd, J.E. 1990. Checklist and keys to fireflies of east-central Alabama. Stridulator 4(3): 9-21.

Subfamily: Lampyrinae
Pleotomus pallens LeConte
Tenaspis angularis Gorham
Pyractomena angulata (Say)
P. angustata LeConte
P. borealis (Randall)
P. dispersa Green
P. lucifera (Melsheimer)
P. marqinalis Green
P. palustris Green
P. similis Green
Ellychnia corrusca (L.)
Phausis reticulata LeConte

Photinus acuminatus Green
P. australis Green
P. brimleyi Green
P. consimilis complex

On research and entomological education VI: Firefly species and lists, old and new.
By Lloyd, J.E.
Florida Entomologist 86(2): 99–113., 2003
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Lloyd, J.E. 2003. On research and entomological education VI: Firefly species and lists, old and new. Florida Entomologist 86(2): 99–113.

Abstract

Lists of insect species are useful for insect biologists and students in several fields, including taxonomy, behavioral ecology, conservation, and biological control, and they are useful to the teacher of classical entomology for the insight and drama they can provide to the history and biography of our science. Such lists can be viewed as cooperative projects that have combined the efforts and enthusiasms of naturalist/taxonomists along a time line, and as they evolve they can become ever better guides to observation and identification, and to new and interesting biotaxonomic problems.

New Lampyridae.
By Fall, H.C.
Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society, 22: 205-211., 1927
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Fall, H.C. 1927. New Lampyridae. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society, 22: 205-211.

Photinus ignitus
Photinus ablucens
Photinus granulatus
Photinus floridanus
Photinus stellaris
Photuris flavicollis

Fireflies, Glow-worms, and Lightning Bugs: Identification and Natural History of the Fireflies of the E. and C. U.S. & Canada.
By Faust, L.F.
University of Georgia Press, Athens. 400 pp., 2017
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Lynn Frierson Faust. (2017) Fireflies, Glow-worms, and Lightning Bugs: Identification and Natural History of the Fireflies of the Eastern and Central United States and Canada. University of Georgia Press, Athens. 400 pp.

This is the first comprehensive firefly guide for eastern and central North America ever published. It is written for all those who want to know more about the amazing world of lightning bugs and learn the secrets hidden in the flash patterns of the 75+ species found in the eastern and central U.S. and Canada. As an independent researcher working with numerous university teams, naturalist Lynn Frierson Faust, “The Lightning Bug Lady,” has spent decades tracking the behavior and researching the habitats of these fascinating creatures.

Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies
By Sara Lewis
Princeton University Press, 2016
Attractive book on firefly biology. Has an interesting guide to several prominent genera of North American fireflies. (It has a key, but again, it is only for the more prominent genera.) Photos include contributions from several BugGuide members. See also:
Princeton University Press page
https://silentsparks.com/
TED Talk--The love and lies of fireflies

 
 
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