The following information was excerpted from the The Pennsylvania Statutes, Title 71, Chapter 6, Section 1010.
Title 71 P.S. State Government
I. The Administrative Codes and Related Provisions
Chapter 6. Provisions Similar or Closely Related to Provisions of the Administrative Code
Secretary and Department of Internal Affairs
§ 1010. State insect
The firefly (Lampyridae Coleoptera) of the species Photuris pensylvanica De Geer is hereby selected, designated and adopted as the official insect of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
1974, April 10, P.L. 247, No. 59, § 1. As amended 1988, Dec. 5, P.L. 1101, No. 130, § 1, effective in 60 days.
HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES
1990 Main Volume
The 1988 amendment substituted "(Lampyridae Coleoptera)" of the species Photuris pensylvanica De Geer" for "(Lampyridae)".
Title of Act:
An Act selecting, designating and adopting the firefly as the official insect of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 1974, April 10, P.L. 247, No. 59.
71 P.S. § 1010, PA ST 71 P.S. § 1010
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Pennsylvania Firefly: Site designed for use by elementary age students in Northern Virginia to learn more about their local ecology. Island Creek Elementary School, Fairfax County Public Schools.
A Beacon in the Night: Entomology for Kids article by Lana Unger, Extension Entomology Specialist, University of Kentucky Department of Entomology.
Summer Night Lights: by Genny Fannucchi - Environmental Education for Kids, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Pennsylvania Firefly (Photuris pennsylvanicus): National Wildlife Foundation's eNature.com field guide.
Firefly (Lightning Bug) Lampyridae: Brief article and photograph from the National Geographic.
Firefly: Article from Texas A & M University, AgriLife Extension.
Fireflies: Nature's Lanterns: Article by Kerry Garrett in House and Home Online Magazine.
Bioluminescent Beetles: Website of John C. Day Ph.D., Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) Oxford.
Firefly.org: Firefly.org is a non-profit project created by Ben Pfeiffer of Rank Smart to raise awareness to the decline of firefly populations in Texas, the US and worldwide. This site is intended to help educate those interested in how to bring back fireflies to their area.
Photuris pennsylvanica (De Geer, 1774): Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Here you will find authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.
State Insects: Complete list of official state insects.
More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Pennsylvania state symbols.