Neither of these photos are very good, but it’s the firefly’s fault. I saw it last month in a soybean field in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. I got off the first shot, but the flash disturbed it and it started walking around. I quickly set up for another shot, got it framed, fired the shot, and saw the second photo on the screen!
Everything about this firefly seems backwards – most fireflies are black with yellow, orange or red markings – this one is yellow with small black markings. The terminal segments of the abdomen are dark while the rest are light – opposite of most other fireflies. This one was out and about during the day, while most others are crepuscular or nocturnal. Maybe it’s a result of being in the Southern Hemisphere – opposite of most other fireflies I’ve seen.
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