Aggressive Mimicry in Photuris: Firefly Femmes Fatales

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Science  06 Aug 1965:
Vol. 149, Issue 3684, pp. 653-654
DOI: 10.1126/science.149.3684.653


Firefly females of the genus Photuris, long known to be carnivorous, attract and devour males of the genus Photinus by mimicking the flash-responses of Photinus females. Although suspected, this behavior had not been observed previously.

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