The Myths Behind the Lantern Bug
The nose of the lantern bug (Pyrops candelabria) is actually an extended mouth so that these plant feeders can suck the sap from plants and trees.
Scientists once believed that lantern bugs were able to produce light, similar to glow worms. But their wing patterns merely reflect light, making it look as if they are glowing at night.
In several countries, such as Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela, there exists the myth that if somebody is bitten by the bug, he or she must have sex within 24 hours to prevent an otherwise incurable death. At least there is a cure.
But the truth is, lantern bugs can’t bite and are harmless to people.