I first saw this photo long time ago, and I still can't identify the species of this insect:

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    $\begingroup$ any idea of the geographic region it was taken? $\endgroup$
    – JimN
    Oct 4, 2020 at 5:39
  • $\begingroup$ I didn't see the date, time, and location on this photo when I first saw it. I also typed "long-proboscis fly" on Google, but there was no photos that match the species of this insect. $\endgroup$
    – KTDD
    Oct 4, 2020 at 5:41
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    $\begingroup$ it's a kind of planthopper. I can't figure out which kind. And without geography, might be impossible. See: inaturalist.ca/taxa/877149-Thanatodictya-tillyardi/… $\endgroup$
    – JimN
    Oct 4, 2020 at 5:45

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Looks to be in the family Dictyopharidae, a long nosed planthopper.

This analysis is not absolute as there are exceptions.

There are two features to put it in Dictyopharidae and Fulgoridae. The (tiny) antennae are below the eyes, not between them; and the head has a big protrusion.

The pattern and placement of spines on the legs, and the pattern of veins on the wings would help to identify it to genus level.

A helpful resource is http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/projects/cicada/simon_lab/peet_pages/07_Bartlett.pdf

Picture is of Rhynchomitra spp. from Wikipedia.

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    – tyersome
    Oct 4, 2020 at 18:51

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