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Lystra lanata


As in photo. From comments it might be a lantern bug that has been parasitized.


Rainforest close to a river at around 80 m in Amazonian Brazil


I have no idea what it is but no doubt it will at least get a general ID from someone who studies insects.

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Jae 2 years ago

The pleasure is all mine, Les Catchick. Thanks again for sharing this beauty!
@Sergio: My thoughts exactly :)

Les Catchick
Les Catchick 2 years ago

Thanks Michael and Sergio.
I am delighted that Jae searched for it.

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 2 years ago

Really cool shot!!! Never seen this before

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 2 years ago

Living and learning. I'd go with Cordyceps fungus too, if I didn't read Jae's comment. Thanks for both of you for enlightening me up.

Les Catchick
Les Catchick 2 years ago

Thank you ever so much.
I am delighted to have the ID. I do like lantern bugs - especially with wings open. I have never seen one with tails like this before.

Jae 2 years ago

No I think I made a mistake. I really thought the white extensions was the fungus, but I did some online searching and found a lantern bug (Lystra lanata) that has a waxy tail. So I guess your hunch was right :) Here is a link:

Les Catchick
Les Catchick 2 years ago

Thanks Jae,
I misspelt the word rather than misread what I wrote but at the time I thought it was alive rather than parasitized.
However I guess the white extensions are probably the fungi rather than the it might be a lantern bug.

Jae 2 years ago

Hello Les Catchick,
I think you've accidentally misread what MrsPbio wrote, not paralysed but parasitized by a fungus. And from the looks of it I think that might be the case. Cordyceps is a genus of fungi that are mostly parasitic on insects. Anyway great spotting and thank you for sharing :)

Les Catchick
Les Catchick 2 years ago

My understanding of these things is poor but I think this insect was alive and well. I have seen things that are paralysed as you say but don't think that was the case here.
It would not surprise me if I am wrong.

MrsPbio 2 years ago

Wow... Am I correct in thinking this insect has been parasitized by a fungi? Maybe a Cordiceps....?

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