flatidae nymph (borneo)


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Flatidae nymph (Borneo)

This is the strangest insect I have ever seen.­ Its body is covered with waxy filaments that look like cotton threads.­ It can jump and somehow fly, or rather glide down, in a controlled manner by organizing the white filaments in wings shape (or maybe it has wings under the white hair).­ Totally amazing.­

Local people call it "Cotton Bug".­ It's about 3 cm long.­

This is the "nymph" of a Fulgoroid plan-hopper insect, i.­e.­ it turns into an insect with a completely different shape when it grows up.­ For more information about this species of insects, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Flatidae.

Photo taken in Gunung Mulu National Park (Borneo)

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Borneo Gunung Mulu National Park (Borneo)