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A new species of Photuris Dejean (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) from a Mississippi cypress swamp, with notes on its behavior
By Faust, L.F. and J. Davis.
The Coleopterists Bulletin, 73(1): 97-113., 2019
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Faust, L.F. and J. Davis. 2019. A new species of Photuris Dejean (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) from a Mississippi cypress swamp, with notes on its behavior. The Coleopterists Bulletin, 73(1): 97-113.

Abstract

Photuris walldoxeyi Faust, new species, is described as a member of the Photuris versicolor species-group. It can be distinguished by its complex, unique flash-train + glow (FT+G) male courtship flash pattern, one of the most easily recognizable displays in North America. The primary FT+G male courtship pattern consists of a flash-train of 4–9 bright, quick, rhythmic pulses given every 0.4 seconds followed by a prolonged diffuse glow (ca.

A naturalist’s long walk among shadows: of North American Photuris – patterns, outlines, silhouettes … echoes.
By Lloyd, J.E.
Self-published, Gainesville, FL, USA. ix + 477 pp., 2018
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Lloyd, J.E. 2018. A naturalist’s long walk among shadows: of North American Photuris – patterns, outlines, silhouettes ... echoes. Self-published, Gainesville, FL, USA. ix + 477 pp.

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.

Field Guide to Western North American Fireflies
By Buschman, L.
33 pgs., 2016
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Buschman, L. 2016. Field Guide to Western North American Fireflies. 33 pgs.

This Field Guide is intended for those who would like to identify the different fireflies in Western North America. This guide covers the most common firefly species and is not intended to include all known species since many of them are uncommon (the uncommon species are considered in the last section).

North America is blessed with ca. 200 hundred species of Lampyrids. This Field Guide will focus on the flashing fireflies. However, I will present the most common “Glowwarms” (Lampyrids (females) that glow from the ground) and the “Dark Fireflies” (non-glowing Lampyrids).

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.

 
 
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