What is this insect?
March 31, 2010
A friend sent me this photograph of what looks like a beetle. It is in their greenhouse. I have little more info at this time but the distinct orange head should help. I will try to send more info as I get it.
Youungstown OH USA


Dear DoctorReno,
How nice to get a letter from our home town.  This is a Firefly, a Beetle in the family Lampyridae that children commonly call  a Lightning Bug.  It is probably in the genus Photinus based on images posted to BugGuide.  The larvae and adults feed on snails, and they will not harm the plants in the greenhouse.

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