Fulgoridae Checklist: Lantern Bugs
Lantern bugs or lanternflies are some of the most colourful and enigmatic subjects in the realm of macro photography. They belong to the Fulgoridae family, with the most distinct ones in Southeast Asia belonging to the genus Pyrops. Despite the common name, it is a myth that lantern bugs emit light. The myth was further propagated by Carl Linnaeus when he coined specific names such as laternaria, phosphorea and candelaria.
Most species in this page were identified with the kind assistance of Jerome Constant and Geert Goemans on Facebook. Thank you!
All photos are of live subjects shot in the field, with the dorsal view selected where available. Click on individual photos for larger views and views from other angles. As specimens were not collected, identifications were done purely based on photographs and may not be 100% accurate.
This page will be updated regularly, please let me know if you spot any mistakes.
Class: Insecta Linnaeus, 1758
Order: Hemiptera Linnaeus, 1758
Family: Fulgoridae Latreille, 1807
Subfamily: Aphaeninae Blanchard, 1847
Tribe: Aphaenini Blanchard, 1847
Genus: Penthicodes Blanchard, 1845
Tribe: Enchophorini Haupt, 1929
Genus: Enchophora Spinola, 1839
Genus: Enhydria Walker, 1858
Subfamily: Dichopterinae Melichar, 1912
Tribe: Dichopterini Melichar, 1912
Genus: Dichoptera Spinola, 1839
Subfamily: Fulgorinae Latreille, 1807
Tribe: Fulgorini Latreille, 1807
Genus: Fulgora Linnaeus, 1767
Genus: Phrictus Spinola, 1839
Tribe: Laternariini Distant, 1906
Genus: Pyrops Spinola, 1839
Genus: Saiva Distant, 1906
Tribe: Zannini Metcalf, 1938
Genus: Zanna Kirkaldy, 1902
I don’t have any pictures of Zanna, although there are many sightings in Malaysia, and I had seen one in Peru. Keeping this here as I’m confident to see one soon!