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**COMPOSITE OF MULTIPLE EXPOSURES** Fireflies including Father Mac’s firefly (Photinus macdermotti), Big dipper firefly (Photinus pyralis), and Chinese Lantern firefly (Photuris versicolor-complex) are seen along Tionesta Creek as biologists from the University of Rochester study firefly populations and other flora and fauna near Kellettville, PA June 28, 2017. UR biology professor Amanda M. Larracuente is working to sequence the genome of the Big Dipper firefly (Photinus pyralis) and is studying the genes involved in the chemical reaction that produces the characteristic flashes of light that fireflies use to communicate, in addition to firefly genome organization and even some of their endosymbionts. // photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester

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