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

Atlas of Living Australia

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