Portrait of a Lightning Bug

lightning bug with jaws spread apart on fence post in black and white

A lightning bug looks over the edge of a fence post.

Fireflies, a.k.a. lightning bugs, are neither flies nor bugs (in the technical sense), but rather they are beetles. Our open-mouthed friend above didn’t give me many chances to hit the shutter release, but of the few shots I managed, I got this dandy — a personal favorite that I like so much I’m not even going to grouse about the lack of focus on those wide open mandibles. (Ok, well, I tried! Sort of.) I liked it so much, I had to process it twice. (Color version after the break.)

I’m not sure which one I like better, but it’s hard to beat the sudden splash of pink hiding under the lip of the pronotum.

lightning bug with jaws spread apart on fence post

The same lightning bug looking out agape(!) but in a color rendition.

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