The Lanternflies Insect lanterntly Phenax variegata from South America roosts on lichen-covered bark, which it resembles. It often has long filaments of wax protruding from the end of the abdomen. Length up to 1 inch (2.5 cm).
- Common name:Lanternflies (fulgorid bugs,fulgorid planthoppers)
- Family: Fulgoridae
- Class/ subphylum: Insecta/ Hexapoda
- Number of species: About 700 (at least 1 U.S.)
- Size:From about 0.4 in (10 mm) to 4 in (10 cm)
Key features: Both fore- and hind wings covered in a complicated network of veins and cross – veins many (especially tropical) species have strange growths from the front of the head, sometimes knobbed or spiny; color may be plain browns or greens, or sometimes very colorful
Habits:Like most plant feeders, they sit motionless on their host plant to escape detection by predators
Breeding: Some species produce sounds during courtship; females of some species lay eggs into the ground
Diet:Sap from their host plant species
Habitat: Mainly forests
Distribution: Usually found in the tropics; a few species in temperate zones.