Aggressive Mimicry in Photuris: Firefly Femmes Fatales

@article{Lloyd1965AggressiveMI,
  title={Aggressive Mimicry in Photuris: Firefly Femmes Fatales},
  author={J. Lloyd},
  journal={Science},
  year={1965},
  volume={149},
  pages={653 - 654}
}
  • J. Lloyd
  • Published 1965
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Firefly females of the genus Photuris, long known to be carnivorous, attract and devour males of the genus Photinus by mimicking the flash-responses of Photinus females. Although suspected, this behavior had not been observed previously. 
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