Big Dipper Firefly - (Photinus pyralis)
The Big Dipper Firefly is one of the common sights of the American summer - and a childhood memory to many.
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The Big Dipper Firefly is also known by the name(s) of: Lightning bug; Common Eastern Firefly; Pyralis Firefly.
It is typically 0.3 inches to 0.5 inches (9mm to 15mm) in size and has the following descriptors / identifiers: black; yellow; orange; red; striped; banded; winged; flying; summer; glowing; flashing.
This insect can be found in the following North American states / territories: Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma;Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin.
*Please note that the states/territories listed above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Big Dipper Firefly. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)
The map below showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Big Dipper Firefly may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America.