Considering how beloved fireflies are, very little information about their natural history is available to the general public. The papers listed below provide a basis of knowledge necessary for a successful firefly program.
An overall view of the natural history of fireflies, including life cycle, courtship flashes, flash lantern biology, flash timing control, and flash mimicry.
Describes the method of light production and flash control in the firefly.
Covers many aspects of firefly biology, such as the evolution of courtship signals, flash control, nuptial gifts, mate choice, chemical defenses, and more.
Discusses the relationships of North American fireflies and the evolution of their flash signals.
The evolutionary relationships of North American firefly genera and their method of mate attraction.
An in-depth study of over 20 species of Photinus fireflies including their flash patterns and range maps.
A listing of the 16 North American firefly genera.
Describes the reproductive behavior of the daytime winter firefly Ellychnia corrusca.
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