flatidae nymph

Flatidae nymph (Borneo)

If you can identify the exact species of Flatidae, please post a comment or email me!

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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Photos taken in Gunung Mulu National Park (Borneo).­

For more information about Gunung Mulu National Park, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Gunung_­Mulu_­National_­Park

Photos taken in the Malaysian states of Borneo island (Sarawak and Sabah).­