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Lantern Bug

Fulgora lampestris

Description:

The lantern bug can grow from 1.5 to 3 inches long from head to thorax and has a wingspan of about 2 to 2.5 inches wide, depending on the species. The long "beak" called a rostrum is used to suck the juice out flowers and fruits. The lantern bug is an herbivore. Lantern bugs are called thus because of their bright usually contrasting colors. Their coloring varies for each genus but the colors are bright enough for them to earn their name, despite the fact that no lantern bug actually emits any light at all.

Notes:

In the following two images, you can see something underneath it. I think it was laying it's eggs.


97 Comments (1–25)

dotun55
dotun55 a year ago

A very special bug!

HazelMarley
HazelMarley 2 years ago

Right?

HazelMarley
HazelMarley 2 years ago

Awesome! Great picture.

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 3 years ago

Wow.. that is amazing..

Epicology
Epicology 3 years ago

I have always wanted to see one of those!

Ronald Lo
Ronald Lo 3 years ago

Nice colors on the lantern bug!

PongWira
PongWira 3 years ago

Lovely lantern bug.

Toucan
Toucan 3 years ago

Magnificent spotting

Telse
Telse 3 years ago

Nature fascinates me. This insect is amazing! Very nice shot.

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 3 years ago

It looks like a clown. :-)

Khathoub
Khathoub 3 years ago

i would call it a peacock bug! nice shot!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 3 years ago

Amazing colors and patterns!!!

namitha
namitha 3 years ago

Amazing, pretty little bug. Cool spotting. Nice colours.

Wilsons
Wilsons 3 years ago

awesome!

AndrésHernández
AndrésHernández 3 years ago

WOW!!!!
SPECTACULAR!!!
NICE SPOTTING!!!

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 3 years ago

One of my favorites.

DiveMUster
DiveMUster 4 years ago

TMetcalf, thank you!
The lantern thingy on top does not glow.

TMetcalf
TMetcalf 4 years ago

Do you now if that lantern thingy on top glows? By the way nice picture divemuster.

Nancy4
Nancy4 4 years ago

Awesome

mr.holmes.88
mr.holmes.88 4 years ago

thanks a lot i found it long time ago but i don't know what species is it ^^

Ricky S.Chua
Ricky S.Chua 4 years ago

Great capture!

DiveMUster
DiveMUster 4 years ago

@jansonjones: Thank you for the heads up :)

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 4 years ago

Incredible!!!

vipin.baliga
vipin.baliga 4 years ago

Wow..!!!
Very beautiful lantern Bug...!!!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 4 years ago

Congratulations Lim....!!

Sabah, Malaysia

Lat: 5.06, Long: 118.22

Spotted on Jul 14, 2009
Submitted on Aug 23, 2011

Spotted for mission

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