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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. Various genera and species (especially the genera Fulgora and Pyrops) are sometimes referred to as lanternflies or lanthorn flies, though they do not emit light.

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. Various genera and species (especially the genera Fulgora and Pyrops) are sometimes referred to as lanternflies or lanthorn flies, though they do not emit light.

Gorse Shieldbug (Piezodorus Lituratus) - Common and widepsread throughout Britain and Ireland, in many habitats where gorse is present. (by Davide Rodilosso)

Gorse Shieldbug (Piezodorus Lituratus) - Common and widepsread throughout Britain and Ireland, in many habitats where gorse is present. (by Davide Rodilosso)

Carl J Drake spent his life studying bugs, everything from aphids to water striders. When he died in the entomologist left his life savings and his vast insect collection to the Smithsonian. But now Drake's will has become something of a pest.

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