Firefly, Lightning Bug (Photinus pyralis)

Order: Coleoptera (ko-lee-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Lampyridae
Genus: Photinus
Species: pyralis


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Centre, Alabama
Mobile, Alabama
Deer, Arkansas
Jacksonville, Arkansas
Malvern, Arkansas
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Ocala, Florida
Canton, Georgia
Griffin, Georgia
Molena, Georgia
Lyndon, Illinois
Troy, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Skowhegan, Maine
Annapolis, Maryland
Crofton, Maryland
Cumberland, Maryland
Detroit, Michigan
Warren, Michigan
Lancaster, New Hampshire
Blooming Grove, New York
Weaverville, North Carolina
Akron, Ohio
Bowling Green, Ohio
Bucyrus, Ohio
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Elizabethton, Tennessee
Kingsport, Tennessee
Norris, Tennessee
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Members' Notes:


On Oct 13, 2017, patootie from Jacksonville, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:

Maybe 10 a year I see here where they used to be in the thousands when i was a kid growing up in Arkansas. Monsanto's poison I;m sure
has caused the decline. I can't imagine what else it might be.


On Feb 7, 2013, DavidofDeLand from DeLand, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Where have all the Fireflies gone in Central Florida I wonder. Many of us here have noticed their seeming decline over the years. Where they used to light the sky in thousands on over a century owned rural family property, ( a controlled area in which generations can witness and share the remembrances) they have been a compete No Show in the last decade at least...


On Aug 14, 2010, Ithiel from Dearborn Heights, MI (Zone 6b) wrote:

It is not uncommon to see hundreds of these fireflies buzzing about near dusk in southeast Michigan. A staple of summer.


On Dec 12, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

It's interesting that the east half of the country takes the existence of fireflies for granted- part of everyday (or everynight life... at least in the summers)... but growing up west of the Mississippi, in New Mexico, I never saw a firefly. They don't have them here in California, either. It wasn't until I visited my cousins on the east coast that I was exposed to these magical creatures.

There are several kinds of fireflies, though can't say I could begin to tell them apart... but their flashing off and on are signals to the opposite sex. Males flash in one sequence, while females flash in another. And some species of fireflies eat others and 'pretend' to be an attracting mate by flashing like one- pretty sneaky strategy!

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On Dec 2, 2006, blossombloom from Griffin, GA wrote:

This bug brings back childhood memories. When I was a little girl, around dusk these fireflies would come out and I would catch them and put them in a jar. But know that I think back maybe this is why we don't see that many fireflies any more. Or maybe it's because so many woods are being destroyed.
I do not not know too much about them but they are pretty to watch at dusk.