It’s firefly season and Japanese people love going out to watch the fireflies (hotaru) in the evening. We have a small park near us called Hotaro Sato, which is an excellent place to see fireflies. We went there on Saturday night and managed to find two species: Genji Fireflies (genjibotaru) and Princess Fireflies (himebotaru). I brought one of each species home to take pictures/video (below) and then took them back to the park to release them.
COLEOPTERA : LAMPYRIDAE:
Luciola cruciata = Genji Firefly (genjibotaru)
QUICKTIME movie of Genji Firefly: genjibotaru01.mov (1.25MB)
Hotaria parvula = Hime (Princess) Firefly (himebotaru)
QUICKTIME movie of Hime Firefly: himebotaru01.mov (1.41MB)
Nice web site about fireflies: http://www.fireflyscience.org/