lantern fly


: any of several large brightly marked homopterous insects (family Fulgoridae) having the front of the head prolonged into a hollow structure

Examples of lantern fly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The spotted lantern fly, on the other hand, has received more research money and international media attention, experts that spoke with NBC said. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 7 Aug. 2023 State parks also have firewood policies to protect the areas from destructive invasive species such as the emerald ash borer and spotted lantern fly. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 1 June 2023 Jittery men can be dangerous even when the hair trigger is metaphorical: Last October, 9-year-old Bobbi Wilson was going tree-to-tree hoping to eradicate invasive lantern flies in her New Jersey hometown when her next-door neighbor called the police. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2023 What happened to the teenage boy seeking to retrieve his twin brothers from a friend’s house and to Joseph’s daughter spraying invasive lantern flies were similar in this way: Both were young Black people merely existing. Curtis Bunn, NBC News, 20 Apr. 2023 As early nymphs, the lantern flies are black with white spots. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 6 Mar. 2023 In higher-risk areas, the spotted lantern fly could drain hundreds of millions from the agricultural trade of several states if not contained, according to different estimates. Stephen Goin, Fox News, 25 Aug. 2022 After eight years of a mayor who seemed to regard fun the way the vintner looks upon the spotted lantern fly, the impishness of someone who slid down a pole in a firehouse — as Mayor Adams did during his first week in office — was almost thrilling. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, 23 Sep. 2022 The spotted lantern fly is highly invasive, threatening fruit crops and trees. Globe Staff,, 21 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lantern fly was circa 1753

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“Lantern fly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

lantern fly

: any of several large brightly marked insects that are related to the cicadas and aphids and have the front of the head lengthened into a hollow structure
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