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Planthopper Nymphs Are Hilariously Bizarre Creatures

Mar 14, 2015
Planthoppers can be described as any of over 12,000 types of insects that appear as leaves or plants and quickly jump towards whatever their next destination may be. Entomologist Dr. Ross Piper couldn't resist getting a closer look at a particularly interesting breed of planthopper found in the forests of Burma. During a shoot for Smithsonian Channel, Dr. Piper came across what are known as Flatidae planthopper nymphs, which, from a distance, look a lot like snowflakes. The minuscule insects keep themselves safe with hair-like stems protruding from their bodies, similar to thorns. Watch while Dr. Piper has a little fun with these intriguing creatures.
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