Lanternflies are native to many tropical parts of the world. Although it has two pairs of wings, it jumps more than it flies. The bizarre projection that appears to be an elongated snout actually emanates from the top of the head.
The common name “Lanternfly” stems from the erroneous belief, held for centuries, that the bugs were capable of illuminating these mysterious, hollow cones.
Entomologist Michelle Lee Johnston focuses on preservation with respect. Each insect is delicately steamed or soaked to allow for pliable movements only within the insects natural ability, presenting the insects in their most natural form, free of harsh chemicals.
Each one of a kind piece draws attention to the beauty of our natural world and the creatures that fill it with wonder.