Location: Rio Negro, Brazil
July 31, 2011 3:56 pm
I found this beauty off the Rio Negro, north of Manaus, Brazil, close to Barcelos. Any idea what it could be? Definitely the strangest insect I’ve seen with my own two eyes!
Thank you very much!
Signature: Jason D.
This unusual insect is a Fulgorid Planthopper, a diverse group of insects with many exotic members, especially those residing in the tropics. The white filaments are actually a waxy substance produced by the insect, presumably for protection. Many members of the insect order Hemiptera, and that includes the Fulgorids, produces similar waxy secretions. While we do not know the exact species, we did find a matching photo on the Animals and Earth website.