Habitat: United States
Status: No Conservation Concerns
This bizarre little bug is a Planthopper (Acanalonia servillei) and like its name suggests, it lives on plants and other surrounding vegetation which it hops to and from as it pleases.This method of transportation is only used when it needs to make a quick getaway, though. Normally planthoppers walk very slowly so as not to attract any unwanted attention.
If you look at that photo of the baby planthopper, or nymph as it is called, you will notice some feathery-type strands coming out of its butt! That is actually wax that is produced by the nymphs to protect them from water and to help conceal them.
Aren’t those red eyes remarkable?