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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Lantern bug / lantern fly

Lantern bug / lantern fly is among my most favorite macro subjects. Whenever I find one, I  spend hours and hours photographing it, or just admire its spectacular beauty!


New catches from Maliau Basin. Managed to find only 2 new species to add to my collection.

Pyrops sultanus (ID credit: Jerome Constant)
lantern bug of malaysia Pyrops sultana IMG_7325 copy

Pyrops sultanus
lantern bugs of malaysia Pyrops sultana IMG_6980 copy

Pyrops cultellatus (Walker, 1857) ID Credit: Jerome Constant. Mating! Lucky me. More Bugs Porn here.
green lantern bugs mating, Pyrops shiinaorum shiinaorum IMG_6748 copy lantern bugs of malaysia

Pyrops cultellatus (Walker, 1857)
<i>Pyrops shiinaorum shiinaorum </i>IMG_6777 copy malaysia lantern bug


Pyrops pyrorhyncha
lantern bug of malaysia Pyrops pyrorhyncha IMG_0609 copy

Pyrops pyrorhyncha
 lantern bug of malaysia, Pyrops pyrorhyncha </i>IMG_0584 copy

Also Pyrops pyrorhyncha but covered in white powdery wax. From Endau Rompin
laternaria ruhli lantern bug of malaysia  lantern fly

Pyrops pyrorhyncha
Laternaria ruhli , Pyrops pyrorhyncha, Rudolph the red nosed bug!

Pyrops spinolae  Natural light.
pyrops spinolae lantern bug of malaysia, lantern fly IMG_9433 copy

Pyrops spinolae
lantern bugs of malaysia Pyrops spinolae IMG_9393 copy

Pyrops whiteheadi from Danum Valley. Reflector used.

Pyrops whiteheadi ........IMG_9578 copy
Pyrops whiteheadi
lantern bug of malaysia , Pyrops whiteheadi IMG_6336 copy

Pyrops oculata 

pyrops oculata IMG_5559 copy

This one has many parasitic files on it!
lantern bug of malaysia, Pyrops oculata with parasitic flies...IMG_4642 copy
Pyrops oculata

Pyrops oculata. A 100% crop from another picture:
lantern bug of malaysia, Pyrops oculata lanternfly with parasitic flies...IMG_4829 crop

A Frilly Gecko (Hemidactylus craspedotus) enjoying free flow of honeydew from a few lantern bugs (Pyrops oculata).
Pyrops oculata & Frilly Gecko IMG_2831 copy

Pyrops oculata & Frilly Gecko IMG_2822 copy

Pyrops sidereus from Danum Valley.
Pyrops candelarius lanternbug of malaysia, lanternfly IMG_9370 copy crop

Pyrops transversolineatus. Flew into the canteen in Danum Valley Field Center and was captured by a research student and kept in a vial. My friend and I looked for this in the field the following couple of days but no luck.
Pyrops transversolineatus (Baker, 1925) IMG_9806 copy

Zanna nobilis nymph.  Full flash.
Zanna terminalis nymph lantern bug of malaysia,  lanternfly(IMG_9249copy)

Zanna nobilis nymph
Zanna sp. lantern bug of malaysia /lanternfly IMG_9228web

Adult of Zanna nobilis, Perak, Malaysia. Finally found one after slightly more than 3 years after I found a nymph!
lantern fly of malaysia - zanna sp. adult IMG_1394 copy

Zanna nobilis
lantern fly of malaysia, zanna sp. adult IMG_1512 copy

Zanna nobilis and a Polyrhachis sp. ant.
lantern fly of malaysia, zanna sp. and a polyrhachis ant IMG_1472 copy

Zanna terminalis nymph, Selangor, Malaysia
Zanna terminalis nymph IMG_8424 copy

A Zanna terminalis nymph molting. Selangor, Malaysia
Zanna terminalis nymph molting IMG_5380 copy

A newly emerged Zanna terminalis adult, and three nymphs. Selangor, Malaysia.
newly emerged Zanna terminalis adult IMG_9746 copy

Zanna terminalis adult. Selangor, Malaysia.
Zanna terminalis adult IMG_9767 copy

Pyrops intricata
Pyrops intricata lantern bug of malaysia / lanternfly IMG_7265b copy

Pyrops intricata
lantern bug of malaysia IMG_7388 copy, Pyrops intricata

Pyrops intricata
Pyrops intricata lantern bug of malaysia/ lanternfly IMG_7105b copy

Pyrops heringi, Sabah, Malaysia. Heavily cropped.
Pyrops heringi IMG_0926 crop copy

Visited Sabah again (July 4 - 7, 2014) and was lucky enough to see this beauty again! Closer too! No more cropping!
Pyrops heringi IMG_2029 copy

Pyrops heringi IMG_2012 copy



A nymph of Samsama chersonesia Distant 1906 (ID credit: Jerome Constant)
lantern bug Samsama chersonesia IMG_5197 copy

The adult of Samsama chersonesia Distant 1906
lanternfly Samsama chersonesia IMG_5204 copy

Other Fulgoridae I have come across:

Fulgoridae - Dichoptera sp.
Fulgorid - Dichoptera...IMG_3948 cropped copy

Dichoptera sp.
Fulgorid - Dichoptera...IMG_3974 cropped copy

Fulgoridae: Penthicodes variegata
Fulgoridae - Penthicodes variegata<br> IMG_6630 merged copy

Fulgoridae: Polydictya sp,
Fulgoridae: Polydictya sp, IMG_7279 copy

Fulgoridae - Scamandra hecuba, Stal, 1863. ID credit: Jerome Constant
Fulgoridae, Scamandra hecuba IMG_6090 copy

Scamandra hecuba, Stal, 1863.
Fulgoridae, Scamandra hecuba  IMG_6181 copy

From Thailand:

Pyrops karenia
IMG_9563 copy

IMG_9561 copy lantern bug, Pyrops karenia

Prolepta sp. Full flash shot at night
IMG_9669 merged copy Prolepta sp. lantern bug


Prolepta sp. natural light shot.
Prolepta sp. lantern bug IMG_9741 copy



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