Friday Snapshot: Extraordinary insect in Malaysia Borneo
This here gorgeous looking pair are called Lanternflies.
Despite its name and appearance the lantern fly does not emit light from the yellow tip of its ‘snout’. The insect belongs to the Laternaria genus, which was falsely believed to be luminous at night. In fact the snout-like projection is used to access tree sap, which the insect feeds on. There are approximately 60 species of Laternaria throughout Southeast Asia and almost all have wings with bright and contrasting patterns of colour. I’ve seen some darker looking ones online from photos of Goa.