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Lantern Fly

Fulgora laternaria

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Tropical rainforest in the Ecuadorian Amazon region. I found this particular specimen attracted to lights, just outside the town of Tena.

Notes:

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.

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15 Comments

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Thanks you for the nice comment, Polilla. Much appreciated.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Thanks triggs, one of nature's many oddities.

triggsturner
triggsturner 3 years ago

Congrats on your SOTD Felix. What an amazing looking bug!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Thanks Lauren and António! Appreciate the kind words.

Great capture Felix,congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 3 years ago

Very beautiful and great shots! I hope to come across one of these some day!!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Thanks Ashley, always a great pleasure to have a SOTD! And thanks for all the favourites :-)

AshleyT
AshleyT 3 years ago

Congrats Felix, this unique Lantern Fly has been chosen as Spotting of the Day!

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Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

I mean 'thank you', of course.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Thanks you, Daniele.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

Wonderful.shots Felix!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Thanks, Bonnie.

BonnieLewis
BonnieLewis 3 years ago

Wow! Nice!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Thanks! One my of my favourites too. This is my first and only spotting so far, hoping the future will provide many more.

dandoucette
dandoucette 3 years ago

Oh awesome! One of my favourite insects. I spotted my first one just last winter in the Bolivian Amazon.

Felix Fleck
Spotted by
Felix Fleck

Tena, Napo, Ecuador

Spotted on Jun 23, 2015
Submitted on Sep 25, 2016

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