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A unknown sharpshooter nymph.

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Thank you Dixie. Yes, these nymphs can be amazing. That broomlike feature in its tail is actually sugar. They can't process the sugar present in plants's sap, so they expel it in a liquid form, through a special system in their bodies. This liquid hardens in contact with the air, forming those filaments. That helps to protect the nymph in case of an attack. If you liked this one, you may also like this other one:

Dixie a year ago

I have never seen one of these. That's what is great about PN; you discover wildlife you didn't know existed.
It looks like there's a broom coming out of his rear. So interesting. Great photos for detail!

Thank you John. Indeed, it is not an easy job, but sometimes I find a guy that is a bit more cooperative than the others...

John B.
John B. a year ago

Hi Sergio, What a beautiful picture of this nymph. I find these tiny hopper nymphs difficult to photograph and even more difficult to identify. John B.

Sergio Monteiro
Spotted by
Sergio Monteiro

Paraná, Brazil

Spotted on May 29, 2021
Submitted on May 29, 2021

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