A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife
Large Planthopper (Family Fulgoridae) of about 7cm from tip of the head to the tip of the abdomen; irregular colouration in shades of brown, yellow, orange, and black; the tiny white spots on the wings are very bright and conspicuous; the peanut-shaped protuberance on the head carries four distinct orange markings and eye spots, which are believed to make it resemble the head of a lizard or snake.
Tropical rainforest in the Ecuadorian Amazon region. I found this particular specimen attracted to lights, just outside the town of Tena.
This species is known by a variety of common names, such as, Lantern Fly, Peanut Bug, Peanut-headed Lantern Fly, just to name some of the English ones.