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Firefly Larva - Lucidota atra

Firefly Larva - Lucidota atra
Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
May 6, 2012
Found on my patio at night.

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Firefly Larva - Lucidota atra Firefly Larva - Lucidota atra

thank you so much again, ladies
Moved tentatively from Photinini-type --tmp page.


Photini larvae, Lucidota atra gets my vote
Ashley,You always take fabulous photos! The Photini larvae are all quite similar. They all have the 3 pale dorsal stripes from their head to their last few segments. I would guess your pretty larva is a Lucidota atra larva, based on apparent size- did you measure it?, location and date found, yellow color on final two dorsal segments and spiracles. Branham and Archangelsky 2000 wrote a paper on this (look on branham lab website UFL) and have nice detailed sketches but no living photographs. The few I have reared out successfully with "yellow tails" all turned out to be L. atra. I welcome any dissenting opinions as so little is known of firefly larvae. So, that is my guess! Keep taking those great shots!

When I just now went to file it accordingly on my drive, I found that I have photos of an adult found in this same back yard, so they're obviously here. :)

Thank you so much!
I don't think I measured it - I'll have to re-check my photos. I'm trying to get better about that, but that's a more recent development. What do these eat? If I find another and I know the answer, I can try to rear it. :)

what do they eat
Good luck on trying to rear them Ashley, But please do try. The only ones I have had any luck rearing were found as last instar and almost ready to pupate. They seem to do best if kept outside in natural photoperiod and temps (in shaded area away from direct sun) Try cut up or very small worms and offer a variety of foods, plant and animal, just to see what appeals. Branham used tiny snails collected from the rotted wood where they found their larvae and had good luck. Fungus and nematodes are always a challenge- keeping them moist enough but not too moist. let me know if you have success! I know you will photographically document each step which would be terrific.

That does sound difficult, but if I can find one, I'll try. This is only the second I've ever seen.

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