Fireflies (Lightning Bugs)
There are a number of firefly species in our state. As adults most are readily identified by their brown or black, soft bodies, somewhat leathery forewings and a usually red or orange pronotum (a shieldlike plate) that covers the head from above. The last few segments of the abdomen are pale yellow and can glow yellow, green, or sometimes red, depending on the species. They are our only flying, bioluminescent insects.