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  • proper n. A taxonomic family within the superfamily Elateroidea — the fireflies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A natural family of insects comprising the fireflies.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A family of serricorn malacodermatous pentamerous beetles with 7 or 8 ventral segments (of which the first is not elongate), the prominent hind coxæ not sulcate, the front coxæ with trochantin, and the tarsi slender.

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  • n. fireflies


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Lampyris +‎ -idae


  • Lampyridae: The firefly light is called a “cold light” because it produces almost no heat.

    The light that draws the flower

  • The best shot above may or may not be showing one flashing; the light of the camera's flash gets reflected off the fly's light organ they are actually beetles; Coleoptera: Lampyridae and makes it look like it was flashing even when it wasn't.

    Archive 2006-06-01

  • All the fireflies, which I caught here, belonged to the Lampyridae (in which family the English glowworm is included), and the greater number of specimens were of Lampyris occidentalis. 14 I found that this insect emitted the most brilliant flashes when irritated: in the intervals, the abdominal rings were obscured.

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

  • Guanin: a white amorphous compound which occurs in the transparent areas of some wings, giving a milky tinge, and is also found in the photogenic organs of Lampyridae: an excretory substance, composition C5H5N5O (von Furth).

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • Lampyridae (fireflies and glow-worms) -- _Naturalist in Nicaragua_, p. 320.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • It has been already stated that the Telephoridae, Lampyridae, and other families of soft-winged beetles, are distasteful; and as they abound in all parts of the world, and especially in the tropics, it is not surprising that insects of many other groups should imitate them.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • Lampyridae (the fireflies and glow-worms) in Nicaragua, were rejected by

    Darwinism (1889)

  • The phosphorescent species of Lampyridae, the fireflies, so numerous in tropical America, are equally distasteful, and are also much mimicked by other insects.

    The Naturalist in Nicaragua

  • The beetles of the genus Calopteron have their wing-cases curiously distended, and move them up and down, so as to attract attention; and other species of Lampyridae are phosphorescent, holding out danger signals that they are not eatable.

    The Naturalist in Nicaragua

  • I believe that if all extinct insect-forms could be collected, we should have gradations from the Elateridae, with their highly and constantly luminous thoraxes, and from the Lampyridae, with their highly luminous abdomens, to some ancient insects occasionally luminous like the centipede.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 1


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