White Cotton Bug - Flatidae Nymph

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White Cotton Bug - Flatidae Nymph

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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)

Date & GPS location
Photo taken on August 23, 2011
Long Terawan, Sarawak, Malaysia
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