Lantern Fly of Borneo

Lantern Fly - Mulu 20091024

A pair of lantern flies in Mulu

Despite its name, and its Rudolph-like yellow-light-bulb “nose”, the lantern fly does not light up like a lantern. It is, however, very colourful, with striking patterns on its wings. Not all species are so brightly coloured though, with some being just plain white with a red snout.

Usually seen singly or in pairs perching unmovingly on the trunk of a tree, the lantern fly occurs mainly in South East Asia and there are about 30 species. In Borneo, they can be found in tropical rainforests like Poring Hot Springs, Kinabatangan River and Gunung Mulu National Park.

It feeds on the sap from trees and the snout is used to pierce tree bark to reach the sap. Not much else information can be found on the Internet about this insect, and Wikipedia (at the moment) has an entry on only one species.

Common name: Lantern Fly

Genus: Pyrops

Family: Fulgoridae

Order: Hemiptera (of which the most familiar is the cicada)

Reference on the Internet:



  1. February 10, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    […] did a search for Lanternfly and Borneo and found a beautiful, rather similar looking insect on the Lost Borneo website that is identified as the genus Pyrops.  An image web search of that name brought us to a photo on […]

  2. May 17, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    stunning photo

  3. November 7, 2017 at 2:45 PM

    I’ve just been writing a blog post about a lantern bug that we photographed in Sabah, Borneo, and I came across your post. What a beautiful photo! How exciting that you found a pair.


  4. November 7, 2017 at 3:34 PM

    […] here to check out a post from the blog, Lost Borneo, to see another species of lantern bug that they […]

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