Weirdest Bug I’ve Ever Caught – Lamprigera

Caught this last night on a herping trip in Thailand. What’s cool is that it’s abdomen lights up like a flashlight. Here it’s quite dull and not bright. In the forest it was like a flashlight.

Species – Lamprigera sp.

Description – This is an adult female firefly that lives on land and doesn’t have wings. It feeds on snails during nighttime and produces an incredible amount of light from two bulbs on the abdomen. Males of this species have wings and are smaller in size.

Lamprigera Video – I think better than the photos.

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6 thoughts on “Weirdest Bug I’ve Ever Caught – Lamprigera

  • August 23, 2011 at 11:02 am
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    That’s pretty cool, although a bit creepy. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen one. Hell, I’ve never even seen a firefly in person, they don’t live where I’m from. So many bugs here look like something out of a SciFi action movie.

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  • August 23, 2011 at 11:02 am
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    That’s pretty cool, although a bit creepy. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen one. Hell, I’ve never even seen a firefly in person, they don’t live where I’m from. So many bugs here look like something out of a SciFi action movie.

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  • February 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm
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    I too got a lamprigera sp. (Kerala, India). it was completely black in colour and was a female one. it laid eggs and after that it got died.

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    • February 21, 2013 at 5:05 pm
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      Ok, maybe they all die after laying eggs?

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  • February 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm
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    I too got a lamprigera sp. (Kerala, India). it was completely black in colour and was a female one. it laid eggs and after that it got died.

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    • February 21, 2013 at 5:05 pm
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      Ok, maybe they all die after laying eggs?

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