|hing hoi (หิ่งห้อย)
Generic name for a type of winged
in the family Lampyridae, commonly
known as lightning bug, firefly and glowworm, due to the chemically produced
light that this species emits from its lower abdomen, a feature it has in order to
attract a mate or prey. The larvae of fireflies are usually of a single colour,
which distinguish them from net-winged beetles, similarly known in Thai as
hing hoi chang,
which are orange-brown and
black in colour (fig.).
Females of many species never leave the larval form, which usually consists of a
flattened body with a heavy armour of large dorsal scales.