OCCURRENCE OF AGGRESSIVE MIMICRY IN FIREFLIES

@article{Lloyd1984OCCURRENCEOA,
  title={OCCURRENCE OF AGGRESSIVE MIMICRY IN FIREFLIES},
  author={James E. Lloyd},
  journal={Florida Entomologist},
  year={1984},
  volume={67},
  pages={368-376}
}
  • J. E. Lloyd
  • Published 1 September 1984
  • Biology, Environmental Science
  • Florida Entomologist
Predation by aggressive mimicry in fireflies is known only in females of the Photuris pennsylvanica-versicolor group (it is doubtful that fireflies in the other group of the genus, i.e. P. congener and relatives, are predators as adults). Aggressive mimicry has been observed in 10 species, and circumstantial evidence suggests that such predation probably occurs in all species of the pennsylvanica-versicolor group, though there could be idiosyncratic exceptions. Probably most species prey on 2… 

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