Friday, 6 March 2015

The Planthopper Nymph's Dazzling Style Of Protection

image credit: Ken-ichi Ueda

Before they become adults, these tiny creatures stay safe in a beautiful, fiber-optic way. In the time between hatching and becoming full-grown adults, tiny planthopper nymphs put on a flashy show.

The planthoppers can secrete a waxy substance from their abdomen that results in strange but beautiful fiber optic-like tails. These decorations serve at least two purposes: to encourage predators eating them, and to help them glide as they fall.

(via Look At This...)

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