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Common Eastern Firefly - Photinus pyralis Habitat: Attracted to a light in a semi-rural area Common eastern firefly,Geotagged,Photinus pyralis,Summer,United States,beetle,firefly,photinus Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Common Eastern Firefly - Photinus pyralis

Habitat: Attracted to a light in a semi-rural area

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''Photinus pyralis'', known by the common names common eastern firefly and big dipper firefly, is the most common species of firefly in North America. This organism is sometimes incorrectly classified as ''Photuris pyralis'', which likely results from mistaking the similar sounding genus ''Photuris''.

The species' common name refers to the characteristic flight of the male, which flies in a J-shaped trajectory, lighting on the upswing.

Males of ''Photinus pyralis'' locate females.. more

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Christine Young
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By Christine Young

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Uploaded Jul 10, 2019. Captured Jul 9, 2019 21:54 in 5 East St, New Milford, CT 06776, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/4.5
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm