Lantern Fly

John told me to come see a very unusual bug he found on the patio. He found it like this, on its back. It might have flown into the glass door and landed that way.

It was still alive. Look at the strangely shaped head.

John flipped it over and it walked into a corner. The colorings were striking.

There's very little information on the internet for this creature. It belongs to the planthopper family of insects and goes by many different names such as lantern fly, peanut bug, peanut-headed lanternfly and alligator bug. This one was about three inches long. I managed to take a short video before he flew away. Click here to watch it.

Comments

Mom said…
Quite an interesting insect. Nice of it to stick around long enough for a short video!