We squirrels are usually headed to our leaf nests when the fireflies are starting their lit courtship dances, so we see these little beetles in the day time. We’re wondering if you humans recognize them ‘unlit’?


The pink-red head stands out, and the yellow outline around the hard wing coverings. It’s these two nicely closing wings that put this insect in the beetle group. Underneath are the wings the firefly actually flies with!

Firefly with wings open

Keep in mind this is just what our local fireflies look like. There are over 2000 species of fireflies, so yours may look different. We’d love to see some photos if you can find one!


2 thoughts on “Fireflies

  1. I’ve never seen a firefly, lit or otherwise … and was recently told that fireflies in the west don’t light up. Nice to finally see what the cause of all this flurry looks like. 🙂

  2. I had no idea there were so many firefly species! They are one of my favorite insects, lit or not, so cute and not invasive like the ladybugs that come inside or damaging like so many insects that nibble on my flowers and vegetables. Our variety (varieties?) look very similar, though I don’t have a picture to share now.

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