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Fulgorids are some of my favorite insects. They look like almost cartoon-like with their strange heads and bright colours.




Though fulgoridae may look moth or butterfly-like, they are not related. These are from the order Hemiptera. When Carl Linnaeus was naming specimens, he was told by scientific illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian that the large protusions some tropical fulgoridae have lit up. This has never been verified, and is likely untrue, but Linnaeus took it at face value and named them Lantern Flies (or variations on this term in latin).

I saw some of Merian's Peanut-Headed bug (Fulgora laternaria) drawings at the Amazing Rare Things exhibition last year. It is thought that its strange head is meant to mimic a snake or lizard.

As usual you can click for a larger image.

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Date: 2009-10-23 07:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 3dsoul.livejournal.com
Those are beautiful.

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Date: 2009-10-23 08:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ginasketch.livejournal.com
Thank you. They're odd little critters.

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Date: 2009-10-23 08:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wieselkind.livejournal.com
funny beasties :D

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Date: 2009-10-24 08:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ginasketch.livejournal.com
I hope I see one if I go back to Belize for a visit.

It's all lovely and rainy here today ^^

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Date: 2009-10-24 08:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luckyleaf1977.livejournal.com
These are your drawings? Woman, you get better every day.

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Date: 2009-10-24 10:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ginasketch.livejournal.com
It fills me with joy to hear that. :) Thank you!

Now, I'd better concentrate on the application form for that botany job!

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Date: 2009-10-24 06:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ginasketch.livejournal.com
Thankoo. I'm still mildly annoyed with myself that I had 5 days to do so but felt too sick to concentrate on anything.

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