The lantern bug. Found across the Asian tropics, the lantern bug (Pyrops candelaria) is a weird and wonderful insect: it has a head that extends into a hollow structure resembling a rhino horn, often nearly as large as its body, six legs, extremely varied and brilliant contrasting colours, the mouth of a mosquito, and often stays for generations on the same tree. Its fantastic appearance is matched by the myth that the head structure is luminous at night. Photo: courtesy of Wildcreatures Hong Kong

Surprising Hong Kong: a celebration of city’s wildlife in all its astonishing diversity

  • The blog and guide Wildcreatures Hong Kong, and a Facebook page, were started by photographer Robert Ferguson
  • He has spent more than 20 years documenting Hong Kong’s wildlife
Topic |   Hong Kong environmental issues

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The lantern bug. Found across the Asian tropics, the lantern bug (Pyrops candelaria) is a weird and wonderful insect: it has a head that extends into a hollow structure resembling a rhino horn, often nearly as large as its body, six legs, extremely varied and brilliant contrasting colours, the mouth of a mosquito, and often stays for generations on the same tree. Its fantastic appearance is matched by the myth that the head structure is luminous at night. Photo: courtesy of Wildcreatures Hong Kong
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