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Peanut-Headed Lantern Bug

Fulgora lampetis


Complete length 10cm, the head 3cm


Found at around 11am sleeping in a heliconia leaf. The colour differences are just from the sun and shade. Because it's so bright, I think it's lampetis, but welcome corrections

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45 Comments (1–25)

How did I miss this gorgeous spotting?? Fantastic creature, manuelariasarias77.

ardenkpierce 9 years ago

its so funny looking

Tristan Pragnell
Tristan Pragnell 9 years ago

Photo #2 is exultant !

LarryGraziano 10 years ago

Well deserved SOTD! Lovely series. Tengo que irme alla al caribe. Siempre quieria ver uno de estos bichos!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

Absolutely fantastico Manuel. Congratulations.

manuelariasarias77 10 years ago

LaurenZarate - the bug was dull in the shade, but when the sun hit it, the colour change was incredible.
Everybody else - thank you! I translate all the comments for Manuel and he's astounded. He's a very humble creature, and the camera was an early birthday present. He didn't think anyone would actually be interested in the things he sees :)

Saumya Wanniarachchi
Saumya Wanniarachchi 10 years ago

Wow ! Congrats on the SOTD ! :) such an amazing bug !

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 10 years ago


Pedro Beirão
Pedro Beirão 10 years ago

Congrats on the SOTD. Straight out of a Sci/Fi this one. beautiful colors

JungleLoveMamasita 10 years ago

The author of a wildlife book I am reading said there is a folklore told in some parts of Costa Rica that if a girl is stung by a Machaca (local name for this bug), she will die within 24 hours unless she sleeps with her boyfriend....not too hard to figure out who made this up

Boys are ever so clever with their countless ways to trick a girl to be able to bed them, huh? But yet they can never seem to pick up the right items at the (just kidding)

Great book only showed a hand-drawn image of this stunning creature, I had no idea how gorgeous and BIG it would be.

I also read they give off a stick-bomb of sorts if they are disturbed.

Anyways, thanks for posting!!

Ursula 10 years ago

wow! i love this bug! :)

Congratulations on the SOTD, well deserved, all your spottings have been amazing! Thank you for sharing, manuelariasarias77.

KarenSaxton 10 years ago

What a gorgeous and weird creature!

Wonderful! Manuelariasarias congratulations!

Amazing series Manuelariasarias77,beautiful,congrats on the SOTD,thanks for sharing such a great spotting page and welcome to Project Noah

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 10 years ago

Congratulations on such an unusual critter and super wow that you got photos of the wings opened. This is an amazing spot and a well-deserved SOTD!

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 10 years ago

Wow! Congratulations and thanks for sharing!

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 10 years ago


RiekoS 10 years ago

Congratulations! Amazing creature.

akshaya 10 years ago

congrats manu !

LaurenZarate 10 years ago

Congratulations Manuel!

EmilyMarino 10 years ago

Congratulations! Very well deserved SOTD!

NeilDazet 10 years ago

Congratulations on earning Spotting of the Day! Thank you for sharing with the Project Noah community!

AshleyT 10 years ago

Beautiful series, and congrats on sotd Manual!

Yasser 10 years ago

Manuel, welcome to the Project Noah community and congratulations on your very first Spotting of the Day! In just a few days you've already shared so many incredible wildlife encounters and we look forward to seeing many more. I imagine this is just the first Spotting of the Day of many to come for you :) All the best!

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Limón, Costa Rica

Spotted on Nov 15, 2013
Submitted on Nov 15, 2013

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