More intriguing is the myth that persons bitten by this bug will die if they don’t have sex within 24 hours. It’s a story that is widely circulated and already existed in the 19th century.
Now that’s what we call a creative way to lure, er, potential mates. Who wouldn’t want to be helpful in a life-and-death situation? You might laugh now but if bitten, would you take the risk of laughing off potential danger? Oh wait, lantern bugs actually don’t bite.