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aussie
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September 14, 2010 1:00 am  

For the last coupla nights, I've had the VI version of fireflies in my yard. The last time I saw them was at Neltjeberg 3 years or so ago. Anyone know what they are? West Indian Fire Beetles? Cucujo Beetles?


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SkysTheLimit
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September 14, 2010 10:53 am  

We called them lightning bugs when we were kids. I see them occasiaonally here. Usually at higher elevations.


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aussie
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September 14, 2010 1:01 pm  

I don't think these are lightning bugs, Skys. These are larger, faster, brighter, and they stay lit longer. I think they are some form of click beetle.


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Jeff Kruse
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September 14, 2010 8:14 pm  

Do they look like this?


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poorthang
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September 14, 2010 8:40 pm  

That picture borders on obscenity.......Sorry I have a wacky sense of humor...:D


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aussie
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September 14, 2010 9:47 pm  

Thanks for responding, Jeff. That's Pyrophorus noctilucus (Coleoptera: Elateridae), isn't it? That was my best guess 3 years ago. I only see them at night and they are way too fast to catch. I see beetles about 1-1/2 inches long flying during the day that I suspect might be them but, once again, they are plainly too fast to catch.


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