Zanna madagascariensis

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Zanna madagascariensis
Malagasy lantern bug nymph
Lantern bug nymph at the Anja Community Reserve
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Adult lantern bug
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Auchenorrhyncha
Infraorder: Fulgoromorpha
Family: Fulgoridae
Genus: Zanna
Z. madagascariensis
Binomial name
Zanna madagascariensis
(Signoret, 1860)

Zanna madagascariensis, the Malagasy lantern bug, is endemic to Madagascar. It is a member of the Zanninae, considered to be a subfamily of the Fulgoridae. The nymphs are sometimes referred to as lantern-flies because of their large lantern like snout, although this does not emit light. The adult bugs are known as sakandry, and are consumed by the rural people of Madagascar[1]. Roasted whole, they are reported to taste like bacon.[2]


Zanna madagascariensis has a white waxy dusty defensive coating[2] and a large orange lantern-like head or snout.[1]


  1. ^ a b van der Heyden, Torsten. "Flatida rosea (Melichar, 1901) and Zanna madagascariensis Signoret, 1860, two bizarre and fascinating species of planthoppers from Madagascar (Hemiptera: Flatidae, Fulgoridae)" (PDF). Arquivos Entomolóxicos. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b Simon, Matt. "Save the Lemurs! Eat the Crickets!". Wired. Condé Nast. Retrieved 5 March 2019.