Catch Me While You Can

Artist: Hannah Nelson
Sponsor: Gasway

You may think you’re looking at butterflies stuck on a gorilla, or some brightly coloured moths, but these are Lantern Flies. They are closer related to cicadas and aphids than butterflies, yet their beauty could definitely rival the latter. They are in the scientific insect order Hemiptera – True Bugs, however, few people know of their existence. Lantern Flies live in tropical environments, like the gorilla, and their survival is under threat from the same invasions that are declining the number of gorillas. I’d like more people to cherish these spectacular bugs as they are another creature on the long list of creatures that fall prey to the continuing expansion of human activity.

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