This cute, fluffy bug looks like a piece of popcorn on its feet.
Every living thing on Earth is beautiful and unique in its own way, but insects have to be at the top of the list of strange and interesting things. It’s not even strange to think that they make up almost 80% of all living species on Earth. That is about 900,000 different kinds of bugs. One of them doesn’t look at all like a bug. Instead, it looks like a piece of popcorn.
The Flatid Planthopper Nymph is a strange-looking animal living in Ecuador’s Amazonian forests. It is a member of the planthopper family and has the name Flatid Planthopper Nymph. When a nature photographer caught the tiny cotton ball while on an expedition in the Amazonian forest, the video of it went viral. When it moves, the tiny fluffy creature looks like a piece of popcorn or a snowflake. This is because its body is covered with wax threads that protect it.
The late biologist and photographer Andreas Kay filmed the tiny cloud moving online. Kay spent almost a decade in the forests of Ecuador collecting information about the world’s smallest creatures. He did this because he was interested in the wide range of insects that live on Earth.
“This tiny Flatid Planthopper Nymph from Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest is protected by waxy filaments,” he wrote in the video’s description. Take a look: