Rentinus dilatatus

Meaning of name: Unknown.

Distribution: Reported from every Australian state and territory except Northern Territory.

Description: This bug was approximately 24 millimetres long.

Remarks: This bug is commonly known as a lanternfly. They earned this common name as it was once believed that their elongated “nose”, the so-called lantern, was luminous at night in the living insect. Unfortunately, this is not true. 

We have photographed this bug in November.

References: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulgoridae

Atlas of Living Australia https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:1a2dcf1e-4352-46ca-8399-1507b83925fe#overview

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