Lantern flies and cicada with flowers of a pomegranate tree
The Royal Collection © 2008,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
RL 21149

Branch from a double-blossomed pomegranate tree with lantern flies and cicada


Maria Sibylla Merian

Purchased by George III, when Prince of Wales

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The lantern fly takes its name from its large proboscis, which supposedly emits a bright light... More