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Glow-worm
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Thomas of Cantimpré 9,11 [1. 300] clearly described the glow-worm with the name cicendula (= firefly) as a beetle (scarabeus) the size of a small fly that occurs mainly in Italy and flies 15 days before and after the summer solstice. The glowing, which is only visible at night as sparks (scintillarum modo), is especially noticeable at the tail but not after the wings have been folded. He adopted the name and etymology (cicindela ... quod volans vel gradiens lucet) from Isid. Orig. 12,8,6, but the remainder of the context from Plin. HN 11,98 and 18,250. There, cicindela is eq…

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Hünemörder, Christian (Hamburg), “Glow-worm”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 14 June 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e425390>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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