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27 May 2007 @ 11:46 am
A flower?  
When I was trekking in Nameri, I accidentally brushed past a flower and it fell off the plant. And just when I was wondering how weak the attachment of the flower to the plant was, the fallen "flower" began to move!

Going down on the ground and looking carefully revealed an insect. A planthopper. This one is apparently a nymph from the Eurybrachyidae family of planthoppers. Not sure if anyone has an identity on this one yet.

The world is strange and I can only imagine how many of such strange creatures we all would have come across thinking that it is something else.

kejnkejn on May 27th, 2007 06:28 am (UTC)
that's utterly amazing!
Praveen Garlapatipraveenkumarg on May 27th, 2007 07:06 am (UTC)
wow ! yeah I have seen these kind of earlier, where an insect looks like a stick or a twig.
Ruthlaruth on May 27th, 2007 07:53 am (UTC)
That is very cool!
Preethifiveonehalf on May 27th, 2007 08:28 am (UTC)
Wha?? Amazing!!
ex_neke on May 27th, 2007 09:34 am (UTC)
Digital Meanderingsarin_girl on May 27th, 2007 09:39 am (UTC)
wow.... that's amazing..
what a beautiful and strange world we live in..
Vikrant 'nerd' Aivalliaivalli on May 27th, 2007 09:39 am (UTC)

Arun Pillai: Aerosmitharunpillai on May 27th, 2007 11:23 am (UTC)
zhenzhizhenzhi on May 27th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
what a fantastic looking creature! :-)
cnhcnh on May 27th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
wow, amazing!
Arunbirdonthewire on May 28th, 2007 04:22 am (UTC)
Wow! Beautiful.
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on May 28th, 2007 05:36 am (UTC)
Too much man! Never seen this before!
Zeeshan Nofilzeeshanmn on May 28th, 2007 07:57 am (UTC)
Aha great, we call this the phool pook. Did you try touching those white strands??
Yathinyathin on May 28th, 2007 08:26 am (UTC)
Nopes. I did not touch it at all - looked like a dangerous one so left it alone. Any idea what happens when someone touches the white strands?
Zeeshan Nofilzeeshanmn on May 28th, 2007 09:12 am (UTC)
Yeah, have you ever touched a moth's wings? You would get some powder-like particles on your fingers. Similar is the case with the phool pook. White powder-like substance.
Just A Little Somethinganitab on May 28th, 2007 08:49 am (UTC)
wow! amazing. indeed a strange and beautiful world we live in. and a great observation on your part!
(Anonymous) on May 28th, 2007 09:21 am (UTC)
Nymph planthopper
Dear Yathin,

I've been alerted by a research motor about 'planthopper'. Congratulation for your excellent photo. You're right this is a planthopper nymph with its wax filaments. However it is more probably a Flatid and not a Eurybrachid. It is very difficult to identify nymphs in many insect groups and this is the case with Fulgoromorpha (= planhoppers). The long pedicel of the antenna however indicates here that it is probably a member of the Flatidae family.
May I use your photo (with your name) in my planthopper database (http://flow.snv.jussieu.fr/cgi-bin/entomosite.pl) ?
Thierry (Paris, France)
Yathinyathin on May 28th, 2007 10:10 am (UTC)
Re: Nymph planthopper
Dear Thierry,

You are welcome to use the image in your planthopper database.

Suraj Kumar: spidysunson on May 30th, 2007 08:06 am (UTC)
Sexy camouflage!