It was a blast from the past the other night when coming back from Just Vanilla at Ada Ciganlija, I caught a firefly. They brought me back to my childhood in northern Michigan when we saw them on warm summer nights. This was the first time I saw them in Belgrade. Fireflies are actually winged beetles and there are thousands of different species found all around the world. Fireflies prefer to live near standing water and have long larval stages before becoming adults and living for a few weeks.
It was quite easy to catch. Below you can see the underbelly. The glowing section can be seen near the tail and when not glowing, it is white. We put it in a jar for the night, with air holes, but it was dead the next morning.
I am going to send it to the folks at What’s That Bug.com to see if they can identify it to the species level.