FULGORID PLANTHOPPER NYMPHS
I saw a post of these insect this morning and I was delighted. We saw these covering a tree in Thailand, and I was fascinated. The guide called them “The Amazing Jumping Bug” which of course, got me nowhere in figuring what kind of insect they actually are. This is still not exact, but it’s a start. These are from Madagascar, but the Asian version looks very similar. If anyone knows more, PLEASE let me know. They are not small - like American Aphids - they are bigger than a golf ball.
From the photo website, which is also a bug ID site:
What we are certain of is that these insects are in the order Hemiptera which includes True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies and probably in the Superfamily Fulgoroidea, the Planthoppers. Many immature Fulgorid Planthoppers secrete a white waxy substance that forms filaments and the wax is a protection for the soft bodied insects.
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