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Cathedra serrata

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  • Naturalized collection
Photo: Insectarium de Montréal, René Limoges

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Description

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The head of this strange insect elongates into a hollow appendage, almost as long as its body, which resembles a snout. In the past, naturalists believed this protrusion emitted light when it was dark, which is why the insect’s common name is “lantern fly.” However, centuries of observation have not confirmed this speculation.

Country of origin

Peru
Scientific name
Cathedra serrata
Class
Hemiptera
Order
Fulgoridae
Family
Insects

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