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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.


107 Comments (1–25)

HazelMarley
HazelMarley 10 months ago

Right?

pauli1
pauli1 10 months ago

it is an awsome picture i love it.It i hope i could see it such as you did.

HazelMarley
HazelMarley 10 months ago

Awesome! Great picture.

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih a year ago

Wow.. that is amazing..

Epicology
Epicology a year ago

I have always wanted to see one of those!

Ronald Lo
Ronald Lo a year ago

Nice colors on the lantern bug!

PongWira
PongWira a year ago

Lovely lantern bug.

Toucan
Toucan a year ago

Magnificent spotting

Telse
Telse a year ago

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

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw a year ago

It looks like a clown. :-)

fede1
fede1 a year ago

amazing colors

Khathoub
Khathoub a year ago

i would call it a peacock bug! nice shot!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 2 years ago

Amazing colors and patterns!!!

namitha
namitha 2 years ago

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

Wilsons
Wilsons 2 years ago

awesome!

AndrésHernández
AndrésHernández 2 years ago

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

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 2 years ago

One of my favorites.

ceci1
ceci1 2 years ago

wow!!!

renu1
renu1 2 years ago

is very cool yeah

sofi2
sofi2 2 years ago

How many colours!!!

sofiedofie1
sofiedofie1 2 years ago

this is beautiful.i love it

clara1
clara1 2 years ago

it is very beautiful.

DiveMUster
DiveMUster 2 years ago

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

TMetcalf
TMetcalf 2 years ago

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

Nancy4
Nancy4 2 years ago

Awesome

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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