Amazon Roostertail Planthopper from Peru

Subject: Peruvian Insect
Location: Peru
March 30, 2016 3:01 pm
Hey my sister just got back from Peru and snapped this picture. Please help identify, obviously. Not sure if it is supposed to look this way or some sort of fungus is growing out of it. Either way, personally found it to be a very disturbing.
Signature: Ian

Amazon Roostertail
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Dear Ian,
The common name of this Fulgorid Planthopper is the Amazon Roostertail.  It does not have a fungus, but the “tail” is actually a waxy secretion.  We had to lighten up your underexposed file, so the colors are not as saturated as they should be.

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