So quite a while back I was drawing a picture from a rp about one of my trolls going out “at night” to catch fireflies in the dark before realizing Alternia is backwards, so there was nothing special about going out “at night”, all trolls go out “at night” and there was nothing analogous to our nightime when a troll could go out to catch fireflies in the dark. It’d be dumb to go catch fireflies when the sun is up! Which got me thinking about the cycles of day and night, and since anontrolls just made a post about the same thing, I got inspired to actually write this up!
As a note: this is highly highly non-compliant with canon facts regarding the number of perigees, equinoxes, and bilunar perigees Alternia seems to have because canon is CONFUSING.
“Pyrops is a genus of lantern fly that occurs primarily in southeast Asia, containing some 30 species. They are fairly large insects, with much of the length due to an elongated, upcurving, snout-like projection of the head. The wings are generally brightly patterned in contrasting colors, and they are popular among collectors.” - Wiki
Lantern bugs are planthoppers (Hemiptera - Fulgoridae), typically arboreal, most often associated with a specific host tropical tree and/or vine.
The lantern bugs are so named, incorrectly, because of a head prominence of some species (i.e.Pyrops) resembling a Pinocchio like “nose” that was thought to emit light. Of course this is not true, it does not emit light. Pyrops spinolae (pictured) is known from Thailand, Vietnam and India.