Troll-Haired Mystery Bug Found in Suriname

planthopper picture

It was a quick trick done “with much difficulty, as they jump away very fast,” said Larsen, of Conservation International’s Rapid Assessment Program (RAP).   That’s also why Larsen wasn’t able to collect a specimen of the tufted bug, which is needed to compare it to other insects and figure out if it’s a known species.    Another thing that makes identification tough is that the planthopper was in the nymph stage of development, which means that it looks very different from adults.    Some insects undergo simple metamorphosis (sometimes called incomplete or gradual metamorphosis), meaning they molt into a slightly larger nymph and then finally into an adult with complete wings, according to Leeanne Alonso of the nonprofit Global Wildlife Conservation, who was also part of the expedition. Alonso noted that the young insect’s “wing buds” are visible in the photograph.….MORE


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3 Responses to Troll-Haired Mystery Bug Found in Suriname

  1. sarasinart says:

    It looks artificial…..and isn’t nature wonderful!


  2. You’re right….It really DOES look like a cheap ceramic ornament you might find in a Bulgarian flea market that you’d buy to decorate your favorite shrub for CRASMONOSK (Bulgarian Insect Appreciation Day every March 3rd)…but I triple-checked the source, (even tho it was NatGeo), and it appears to be legit. Ahhhh, to be back in the nymph stage again. Sweet dreams are made of these…..


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