Samiksha Jaiswal

Fulgora laternaria

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedIn
Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Hemiptera
Genus  Fulgora
Higher classification  Fulgora
Phylum  Arthropoda
Family  Fulgoridae
Scientific name  Fulgora laternaria
Rank  Species
Fulgora laternaria CalPhotos Fulgora laternaria Peanut Head Bug ltsmallgtshown with
Similar  Fulgora, Insect, Fulgoridae, True bugs, Pyrops

Lantern fly fulgora laternaria

The fulgorid insect Fulgora laternaria (often misspelled "lanternaria"), is a planthopper known by a large variety of common names including lantern fly, peanut bug, peanut-headed lanternfly, alligator bug, machaca, chicharra-machacuy, cocoposa (in Spanish) and jequitiranaboia (in the Amazon region and elsewhere in Brazil).


Fulgora laternaria Fulgora laternaria Wikipedia

lantern fly fulgora laternaria


Fulgora laternaria IMG06551jpg

Fulgora laternaria can reach a length of 85–90 millimetres (3.3–3.5 in), with a wingspan up to 100–150 millimetres (3.9–5.9 in). This insect has a protuberance at its head as long as 10–15 millimetres (0.39–0.59 in), looking like a peanut and showing false eyes to resemble that of a lizard or a serpent. The insect was originally - and mistakenly - believed to be luminescent. When attacked, it protects itself by displaying large, yellow, fake eyes on its hind wings to frighten the aggressor, and releases a foul-smelling substance. Adults can be found from June to December. They feed on the sap of plants, mainly from some trees as Hymenaea courbaril, Simarouba amara and Zanthoxylum species.

Fulgora laternaria Fulgora laternaria

Several very similar species in the genus occur from Central to South America, and many museum and commercial specimens identified as laternaria are actually other species.

Distribution and habitat

This species inhabits tropical rainforests in Mexico, Central America and South America.

Fulgora laternaria httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediacommonsthu
Fulgora laternaria The rare Peanut Bug or Fulgora laternaria Taken in Tikal National
Fulgora laternaria Fulgora laternaria Wikipdia


Fulgora laternaria Wikipedia

Similar Topics