Entomology (Study of Bugs)/some kind of firefly

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My wife and I are at pat mays lake tx in the eve just after dark we saw something flying and lighting up with a wing span of two to three inches thought it was lightninng bug till it got closer it look like tinkerbell no drink or other involved any ideas? C

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Hi Kevin
There is a species of click beetle that is found in Texas called the Headlight Elater. This beetle can be 1 and 1/2 inches long. It's wingspread may make it look bigger. If you want to see photos, goggle Pyrophorus noctilucus.

I have never seen one of these
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Walter Hintz

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I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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I have taught science for over 57 years. I am presently teaching biology at the college level. I have done extensive graduate work in entomology.

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Momentum Magazine The Ohio Journal of Science

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B.S. In Ed Kent State Unuv M.Sc The Ohio State Univ National Science Foundation Fellowships: Electron Microscopy Univ of California Entomology Kent State Univ

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