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VIETNAM 2013 #171

While taking photos of Dambíri waterfall in the southern part of the Central Highlands in Vietnam, I came across some small and weird looking insects: flatid plant hopper nymphs (Phromnia intacta, Flatidae).

The waxy filaments on the back of this plant hopper give the nymph a weird look but have some use as they can be raised, lowered and fanned out thus making the bug bigger and threatening to whatever wants to eat them.

They are also detachable, so when a predator wants to grab the nymph, it ends up with a mouthful of wax and in the meantime, the nymph has escaped.

When nymphs meet each other, they touch each other with those white filaments.

When adult, the insect grows wings and looks completely different:

Tags: Waterfall Insect Vietnam Central highlands Landscape and travel Lam dong province Bao Loc DAMBíRI FALLS FLATID PLANT HOPPER NYMPH PHROMNIA INTACTA

Voters: CarolG, franken, Mike_Smith and 27 more

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CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
2 Dec 2013 5:45PM
I thought it was an exotic seed-head at first, Jean-Noel Smile What an amazing creature, and a wonderful spot and capture. Carol

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Mike_Smith Plus
12 632 1 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2013 6:06PM
As above an amazing creature, and also completely different with wings
rontear Plus
17 23 8 England
2 Dec 2013 6:27PM
Unusual indeed Jean, natures secrets !!
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
2 Dec 2013 7:10PM
Quite the strangest creature that I think I have ever seen Jean-Noel.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
danbrann 15 640 17
2 Dec 2013 7:30PM
You have portrayed this exceptionally well JN.
Nigeve1 7 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2013 7:35PM
Fascinating insects, very well imaged, especially V4 for me.
11 10 10 England
2 Dec 2013 8:46PM
I thought it was an underwater plant but your excellent images have put me right.
viscostatic 13 45 7 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2013 8:53PM
Great macro photography Jean-Noel.

Joline Plus
13 30 56 United States
3 Dec 2013 12:35PM
How truly amazing nature is when it comes to caring for its creatures by adaptation. This is really fascinating, and thank you for the link to the adult.
In the thumb, I thought it was a type of lichen.

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