Male Lampyris Noctiluca

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“It has the power of making its natural torch shine or disappear at will. The luminous properties with which the females alone of these insects are endowed serve to reveal their presence to the opposite sex.”


Hazlitt Alva Cuppy PH.D., Editor Beauties and Wonders of Land and Sea (Springfield, OH: Mast, Crowell & Kirkpatrick, 1895)


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