Subject: Hong Kong Bugs
Location: Hong Kong, Tung Chung N. Park
March 28, 2013 3:14 am
I found this and another in a Hong Kong Park this afternoon after a big thunderstorm.
Signature: johnsohk

Lanternfly or Longan Chicken

Lanternfly or Longan Chicken

Dear johnsohk,
Your insect is a Lanternfly in the family Fulgoridae, and we identified the species in the past as
Pyrops candelaria.  Several years ago a reader informed us that the Mandarin name for this insect is translated as the Longan Chicken because it feeds on the sap of Longan Trees.  We will be postdating your submission to go live next week as we will be away from the office for a few days.

Location: Hong Kong

2 Responses to Lanternfly from Hong Kong is Longan Chicken

  1. says:

    How timely! Did you see today’s Google Doodle? It’s a birthday tribute to Maria Sibylla Merian, whom – along with her drawing of a peanut-headed lanternfly – you discuss in your book!

    • bugman says:

      Thanks for letting us know. We have been away without any internet access, and now that we are back, we will be playing catchup for days.

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