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Ellychnia flavicollis

Ellychnia flavicollis
Dog Canyon, Culberson County, Texas, USA
August 23, 2014

awesome -- thanks guys
Joe's comments are always extremely enlightening

Moved from Fireflies.

Thanks Steve.....This is the
Thanks Steve.....This is the firefly Ellychnia flavicollis, best known from the Organ mountains in Dona Ana Co NM to the northwest. BugGuide also has a record of this sp east of Alamogordo, so it gets around....don't know of any records from Tx, this may be the first, but no one has been recording specimen records of SW lampyrids so that such data is available....Anyhow, more importantly, it's certainly not related to the species we currently place in Ellychnia in association with the nomen "Ellychnia corrusca", which DeJean named clear back in 1833. Who knows what he was looking at back then. The genus is actually pretty messed up taxonomically. Ellychnia bivulneris of AZ is another species that doesn't belong in the genus. And the Pacific coast species may actually be part of a discontinuous coastal complex that includes Pyractena of Chili.

E. flavicollis probably has affinity to the Mexican fauna, which we know very little about, but New World Vesta is a candidate at least. Vesta has an Old World complement too, so that genus is messed up also.

Also importantly, it does have fairly large lights for a diurnal species and they need to be photographed in the dark or otherwise measured to get some idea of how bright they are.....lights of male and female haven't been compared, mating behavior is unknown, larvae are unknown, flower or plant associations unknown....

Thanks Joe!
The Guadalupe Mountains are fairly remote, so I thought this might be somewhat novel. I wasn't sure if it was identifiable without a specimen. Thank you!

There is a small campground at Dog Canyon, so it would be possible to get nocturnal photos if someone put in the effort.

looks very nice
Moved from ID Request.

Looks like Lampyridae.
Perhaps a firefly.

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