Planthopper nymph: Scolops abnormis

This guy came in with some of our plant samples, and I thought he was super cute, so I’m sharing him with you!  This is a nymph (juvenile) of the planthopper species Scolops abnormis.  The planthoppers comprise a superfamily Fulgoroidea.  Our little abnormis here is in the family Dictyopharidae.  You may also be familiar with the leafhoppers and treehoppers…they are all in the order Hemiptera, or the True Bugs.  So if anybody ever calls any other insect a “bug”, you know that you can yell at them immediately.  “That is not a bug!  It is an insect, but it is not of the order Hemiptera!”  If you do that, then my work here is done.

I think his expression says it all.

I think his expression says it all.

They do this funny little dance when they walk, as if they are swaying in the wind.

Our undergrad also enjoyed them!

Our undergrad also enjoyed them!

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They look so happy.

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