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By Becky Ferreira Jan 21, 2014

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The Photuris Fly

If you've never had a chance to watch fireflies illuminating a summer night, put it on the bucket list. But as idyllic as the display seems, there is some messed up stuff going on alongside it. Enter the Photuris fly. Rightfully known as "femme fatale" lightning bugs, these critters mimic the bright flash endemic to their sister species. However, when male fireflies land to investigate the flashes, the Photuris fly gobbles them up. Talk about a bad date!

Tags: animals, slideshows, nature, tricks, geeky things, insects

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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