Pyropyga sp.

Firefly Beetle

Pyropyga sp., Firefly Beetle photo






Family: Lampyridae



Length: 3.0-8.5 mm


Pyropyga is a small genus in the Nearctic, and only three species are found east of the Mississippi River:

Unfortunately, the species in this genus are usually very difficult to separate, and markings and even body shape vary from individual to individual. Green (1961) argued that for most species of Pyropyga, dissection of the male genitalia is the only way to identify to species, and that females of most species must remain unidentified unless identified by association with an identified male.

In this genus, Dillon and Dillon (1972) note, the light organs are "feebly developed."

Insects of West Virginia