F is also for First Firefly of the Year

Well I think it might be. I spotted it on a cilantro flower bud. Sorry for the poor image quality.

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It has that line like a sunflower seed down the middle of the back that fireflies usually have but there wasn’t a clear yellow border around the red of the thorax. And it was tiny — whorl on fingerprint tiny. Maybe some kind of soldier beetle? Maybe it just isn’t mature? It showed no fear of me at all.

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10 thoughts on “F is also for First Firefly of the Year

  1. Chloris

    Do you have fireflies? How magical. I have seen them only once in Martinique and it was a wonderful sight. I shall never forget seeing the rainforest alive with little flashing lights.

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  2. Debra Post author

    We do have fireflies. I agree: they are like magical beings. =D
    I was kind of surprised to see this one (assuming that is what it is) during the day.

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  3. texasdeb

    Pish tosh – your images are outstanding. If that isn’t a firefly it might be a soldier beetle which is beneficial in helping hold down grasshoppers and aphids (and by holding down I mean eating). Whether or not it ends up lighting up your nights that is a welcome sight! (and yes I am smiling at the irony of my presuming to “help identify” anything!)

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    1. Debra Post author

      it probably is one. We usually have a lot floating around at twilight. I was mostly surprised because it was so tiny.

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  4. liane {meraki geek}

    Is that a firefly? I have never seen one and never imagined them to look all beetley-like. I guess I was/am naive and the first pictures I saw of them as a kid impacted my vision of them as cute lil’ buggies with tiny lightbulb butts!

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