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Firefly larvae by melvynyeo Firefly larvae by melvynyeo
Lightning Bug larvae live on the ground, under bark, and in moist swampy places. They eat earthworms, snails and slugs, plus they may scavenge certain small dead animals and other organic material . They have been seen following slime trails to their slug and snail victims. Lightning Bug larvae, one of which is shown at the right, have sickle-shaped mandibles with which they can inject a kind of chemical that paralyzes their prey and helps digest it. Several larvae have been seen attacking large prey together.

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NanbanScribe43 Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... That's freaky looking. Nice shot.
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:iconyedoch:
I just gained a new fascination with this species. Thanks!
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MakroMantis Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow!
I've never seen something like this :)
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HeartstitchArt Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow. i did not know that about firflies. that might be why we have so many of them around our house. O-O tho i have never seen a firefly larvae before. that or i did and thought it was somethign else. o3o hm..
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:) They are easier to see at night due to the glow at the back :)
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Ranshiinsitha Aug 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Theseguys are hilarious when they walk XD
How lovely :heart:
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Manigran Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I meant to say, "how do you take these pictures?"
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Manigran Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you get these pictures? This is fantastic; I've never seen a firefly larva before.
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