It has been over a year since I saw the amazing Lantern Bug (Pyrops candelarius) for the first time (http://hongkongkwildlifephotos.blogspot.com/2010/08/lantern-bug.html). I have been looking for it ever since.
My lucky day came when I saw this one. You can understand why so many people are fascinated by this bug. It is one of my all time favourite bugs too.
Its bright colours and the protruding long mouth make it such a unique creature.
In case you are a bit apprehensive about its appearance, actually the Lantern Bug is harmless to humans. In fact it is a vegetarian and the strange looking mouth is used for penetrating tree bark to reach the sap, which is its main diet.
Being beautiful has a downside too. This particular species of Lantern Bug is a favourite among collectors, which is very unfortunate for the beautiful insect.
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