Agrosoma placetis, leafhopper (6)

photo: Tom Murray

Agrosoma placetis, leafhopper (3)

photo: Flickr user tristanba

Agrosoma placetis, leafhopper (4)

photo: Flickr user Andreas Kay

Habitat: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama
Status: Not evaluated

This gorgeous little creature was first recorded in 1960. It goes by the scientific name of Agrosoma placetis and it’s a type of Sharpshooter Leafhopper.

The tiny insect looks like it’s made out of stained glass, with intricate patterns that include blocks of white, red, and navy blue.

But before it reaches its ultimate form, the little guy starts out wearing a black-and-white-striped jumpsuit. It’s almost like he did his time and then gets let out on good behavior – turning into a new creature with a fresh (more moral?) outlook on life. Of course, this is just the story I’ve made up on this guy since I could find absolutely NO information on it. I like to think its a whimsical tale of moving forward and that it’s never too late to do something good with your life. I have no idea what’s in my coffee this morning…

Look how tiny it is! Must be less than an inch, if I had to guess! So cute!

Agrosoma placetis nymph, adult leafhopper

left: Agrosoma placetis nymph, right: adult