Archive for 'Elateridae'

Headlight Beetle (Pyrophorus nyctophanus)

This is such a little known annual display in Oct/Nov in some of the forests bordering the Cerrado in Brazil and Bolivia. Each light is a beetle larva attracting prey with its light. This species specializes on termite mounds. Alongside the paths leading deep into the amazonian forest from the library and dining area of […]

Headlight Beetle (Pyrophorus nyctophanus)

What an amazing sight! In the middle of the jungle in absolute darkness – a towering structure more than 2 metres tall – is dotted with countless tiny green lanterns!! This is the time of a very strange and deadly event – for the flying termites, that is. The towering structure is a huge termite […]