LANTERNFLY FROM ANDAMAN & NICOBAR
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Species P. Farinosa Borneo
PENTHICODES / LANTERNFLIESThis Penthicodes species of the Fulgoridae family does not have a "horn" or "nose" which is typical of other lanternflies. This species contains several variations and subspecies. Estimated 3cm in length. This lantern bug's colors and patterns matches that of this tree bark making it confident of its camouflage.
The family Fulgoridae is a large group of hemipteran insects, especially abundant and diverse in the tropics,containing over 125 genera worldwide. They are mostly of moderate to large size, many with a superficial resemblance to Lepidoptera due to their brilliant and varied coloration.
Penthicodes is genus of Auchenorrhyncha - lantern flies - belonging to the family Fulgoridae. The genus Penthicodes is widely distributed in South Eastern Asia including India, Vietnam, SouthernChina, Sulawesi and Taliabu. Presently only ten species are recognized in the genus Penthicodes, two species in the subgenus Penthicodes (farinosa with five subspecies and nicobarica) and eight species in the subgenus Ereosoma (astraea, atomaria, basigera, bimaculata, caja, pulchella, rugulosa, variegata) worldwide.