Subject: april lightning bug?
Location: southwest virginia
April 8, 2014 9:23 am
This looks like a lightning bug, but it’s a good inch long and the tail looks weird to me, plus it’s early April.
Signature: stephanie lane
We opened your letter yesterday, and we got distracted before we could respond. Then we answered other letters. This morning there is another request regarding Winter Fireflies, Ellychnia corrusca, so we thought we would get to you first. According to this BugGuide posting from Maine in early February several years ago, the Winter Firefly is: “Commonly seen on snow and tree trunks.” BugGuide also notes it: “can be a pest in sap buckets in the spring.” It is a diurnal species.