Friday, July 17, 2020

Cool Creature of the Night

Last night as I went outside to take in the hummingbird feeder (otherwise the bears and raccoons will get it) I spotted a bright glow on the flagstone of the back patio. Looking closer it seemed to be some sort of segmented worm. I photographed it and the brought it inside to photograph it in the light. Later looked it up and it is called a California Pink Glowworm. But isn't actually a worm at all. It is Microphotus angustus, a genuine firefly beetle. Another strange fact is that only the female larvae glow.  They also never turn into an adult form of beetle. They stay in larval form their entire lives. When the males change into an adult beetle. They fly about at night looking for a glowing female to mate with. She then lays her eggs into the leaf litter and goes about looking for slugs and worms to feed on. It was a cool find. God's blessings upon your day, chris
 Photographed with a Canon EOS 7D MKII camera and a  Tamron 180mm lens. #teamcanonusa, #withmytamron


  1. how lucky to get a firefly larvae close up in all its glory and be able to examine it too. Interesting facts too - despite seeing firefly in holiday locations at night, I had never seen one close up. thanks for sharing.

    1. Betty ,you are most welcome. This is only the third one that I have ever observed and the first one I have photographed.

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