Subject:  ID required
Geographic location of the bug:  Manu Wildlife Centre, Peru.
Date: 08/10/2018
Time: 07:48 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This little critter, about the size of my little finger nail, was busily making its way along a wooden railing. Any large ants it encountered got out of its way but tiny ants didn’t. In fact one if them seemed to nick a piece of the white stuff that the insect was carrying, presumably as some sort of disguise.
How you want your letter signed:  Pat

Planthopper Nymph

Dear Pat,
This is a Planthopper nymph, probably in the family Fulgoridae, and nymphs can be very difficult to identify with certainty.  Here is an image on Reddit Awwnverts that is similar and an image on Jeff Cremer Photo for comparison.  Many Planthoppers secrete a waxy substance for protection and some have a symbiotic relationship with Ants.

Thanks, Daniel. Another example of the wonderful diversity and ingenuity of nature.

Location: Manu Wildlife Centre, Peru

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