Nocturnal Aerial Predation of Fireflies by Light-Seeking Fireflies

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Science  11 Nov 1983:
Vol. 222, Issue 4624, pp. 634-635
DOI: 10.1126/science.222.4624.634


Female Photuris fireflies guided by their prey's luminescence attack flying fireflies at night. They sometimes use this hunting tactic together with prey attraction by mating-signal mimicry. Such predation could have been a major factor in the evolution of signaling behavior of American fireflies. Nocturnal aerial predation by an insect and attack guidance on energy emitted by airborne prey have not previously been reported.

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