Firefly in the Gottlieb Native Garden

March 26, 2016

This male Pterotus obscuripennis, a firefly (fireflies are actually beetles) found in California, does not emit light flashes like its eastern cousin – it is the female of this species who has light organs that can emit a luminescent glow. But she never goes through metamorphosis and retains a larval appearance all the way into adulthood.  Californians always have to do things their own way…

Firefly - Pterotus obscuripennis ♂
Firefly – Pterotus obscuripennis ♂

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