Field Guide to Western North American FirefliesBy 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).
On research and entomological education VI: Firefly species and lists, old and new.By Lloyd, J.E.
Florida Entomologist 86(2): 99–113., 2003
Lloyd, J.E. 2003. On research and entomological education VI: Firefly species and lists, old and new. Florida Entomologist 86(2): 99–113.
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.
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
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.
The occurrence and behaviors of North American fireflies (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) on milkweed, Asclepias syriaca L.By Faust, L. and H. Faust.
The Coleopterists Bulletin 68(2): 283-291., 2014
Lynn Faust and Hugh Faust. 2014. The occurrence and behaviors of North American fireflies (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) on milkweed, Asclepias syriaca
L. The Coleopterists Bulletin 68(2): 283-291.
At four sites spanning a general triangle with 50–100 km legs in East Tennessee over a six-week period in July and August 2013, 56 fireflies, male and female, from four species and three genera were associated with common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca
L. Photinus pyralis
(L.), Photinus cooki
Green, Pyropyga minuta
LeConte, and an [un]determined species of Photuris
Dejean repeatedly exhibited seven common behaviors of nectaring from individual blooms and stigmatic slits and actively mouthing floral stems, recurved sepals, and uppermost leaves, lasting from 9–175+ minutes.