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1 January 2019 Firefly Flashing Activity during the Totality Phase of a Solar Eclipse
Marc A. Branham, Lynn F. Faust
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During the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse across the United States, males of the dusk active firefly species Photinus pyralis (L.) were observed flashing at sites experiencing the totality portion of the eclipse which formed a band 113 km wide. Observers at 10 sites from Missouri to North Carolina reported observing this flash activity across a path stretching 912 km across the states where remnant late season populations of P. pyralis were active. Possible mechanisms for triggering firefly flashing behavior are discussed in the context of a total solar eclipse.

Marc A. Branham and Lynn F. Faust "Firefly Flashing Activity during the Totality Phase of a Solar Eclipse," Entomological News 128(2), 191-203, (1 January 2019). https://doi.org/10.3157/021.128.0207
Received: 10 April 2018; Accepted: 5 August 2018; Published: 1 January 2019
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circadian
fireflies
Photinus pyralis
solar eclipse
totality
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