Fiber Optic Planthopper

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    Apparently planthoppers in the family Issidae have these insane tufts emerging from their backsides when they're nymphs. How crazy is that.

    Update: Andy Hamilton on BugGuide ID'd this as Danepteryx barbarae.

    randomtruth, ap2il, treegrow, and 15 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Ken-ichi 62 months ago | reply


      They were small, btw:

      Really Small, BTW

    2. randomtruth 62 months ago | reply

      That is just the coolest. Yet another reason why I've always been a fan of tree/plant hoppers. They rock.

    3. ap2il 62 months ago | reply

      maybe Nogodinidae, gosh they are adorable! they look kinda like Atylana nymphs

    4. matt knoth 62 months ago | reply

      wow dude. that almost looks like your reverse mounted your lens or something. amazing clarity. killer shot.

    5. Mathesont 62 months ago | reply

      Looks like you added some afterburner digital effects to explain why these little buggers can jump so far.

    6. birdgal5 62 months ago | reply

      Hey! Those tufts look like they might make good sensor cleaners! ;-)))) These are gorgeous photos of this bug!

    7. Ken-ichi 62 months ago | reply

      Thanks all.

      ap2il: are there nogodinids in CA, or even in the US? There doesn't seem to be a ton of info about them out there...

    8. Todd Moon 61 months ago | reply

      That's really cool!

    9. htdh3o 22 months ago | reply

      Just saw one of these yesterday in my yard, Bay Area of California. It is not a perfect match, might be another species.

    10. Ken-ichi 22 months ago | reply

      There are definitely other members of this family that have the crazy fiber optic butts. Worth posting to BugGuide if you got a decent pic.

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