I was out splitting a hive tonight about midnight (yeah I know…bad idea) when I saw something glowing in the dark. I assumed it was just another one of the billion lighting bugs we have around here, but the light was smaller than normal and coming from the dirt. I decided to investigate further. This is what I found.
This odd ball looking thing was emitting a green yellow light from its aft end. I scooped it up and put it in a jar to analyze. From what I’ve been able to read on the Internet, this thing appears to be the larval stage of the common eastern lightning bug (Photinus pyralis) http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Photinus_pyralis.html