Teensy Planthopper Insect With A Fuzzy Little Ass

November 20, 2013


He looks like something straight out of a Dr. Seuss story, doesn't he? Well he's not, he's a previously undescribed species of planthopper photographed in real life. I just want to rub his fuzzy ass on my cheeks, don't you? Like nature's little makeup brush.

Many planthoppers, like this one, exude long strands of waxy secretions from their abdomens. They may fool predators into harmlessly striking this "breakaway" feature so that the insect may escape unharmed.

Damn Mother Nature, it's like whenever I'm convinced you couldn't be any crazier, you go and pull a clump of your own hair out and eat it in front of a crowd. You're sick, and you need to get better. But not so much better than you don't make a couple mermaids before I die. Ones that I can keep alive in a bathtub when they come to visit.

Thanks to V, who's not convinced Mother Nature and Dr. Seuss weren't a thing at some point in time.

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