White bug with extended growths
Location: Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
November 12, 2010 6:30 pm
Hi, We saw this bug in Sabah, Borneo in October. It was about 1” long and wide.
It seemed to have grown silk-like filaments that have bound together (rastafari-style), perhaps as protection to make it look too big to eat.
Thanks Frank D
Signature: Frank D.

Fulgorid Planthopper Nymph

Dear Frank,
Though we are uncertain of the exact species, this is a Planthopper in the family Fulgoridae, and it is an immature nymph.  This family is often characterized by nymphs that secrete a waxy substance that often forms long filaments, presumably for protection.

I have updated the description on my web page to reflect your ID.

Location: Malaysia

One Response to Planthopper Nymph

  1. Dave says:

    I’m pretty sure that these guys are edible; there’s a history of consumption in Madagascar. Granted, that’s a long way from Borneo, and the fact that one representative of the family is edible doesn’t necessarily mean that this one will be, it would certainly be enough to motivate me to try one — in the event I was lost in the tropical forest.


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