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RE: Lightning Bug Toxicity

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Posted by: Nino at Thu Mar 21 08:33:13 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Nino ]  
   

Lightning bugs (genus Photinus) contain lucibufagin toxins, chemically similar to cardiotoxins found in toad skin secretions.
They are toxic (and potentially lethal) to many lizards, frogs, and even birds.

I'd avoid them at all costs - with all the species of arthropods you can collect in the field, why risk with fireflies?


   

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