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Freshly moulted planthopper by melvynyeo Freshly moulted planthopper by melvynyeo
Missed the moulting process by a few mins. The nymph is only a fraction of its size, barely visible through its transparent wings. For clearer pic, see farm4.staticflickr.com/3766/98…
Taken at night in Singapore.

Quote en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planthop…
A planthopper is any insect in the infraorder Fulgoromorpha within the Hemiptera. The name comes from their remarkable resemblance to leaves and other plants of their environment and from the fact that they often "hop" for quick transportation in a similar way to that of grasshoppers. However, planthoppers generally walk very slowly so as not to attract attention. Distributed worldwide, all members of this group are plant-feeders, though surprisingly few are considered pests. The infraorder contains only a single superfamily, Fulgoroidea. Fulgoroids are most reliably distinguished from the other members of the classical "Homoptera" by two features; the bifurcate ("Y"-shaped) anal vein in the forewing, and the thickened, three-segmented antennae, with a generally round or egg-shaped second segment (pedicel) that bears a fine filamentous arista.

Nymphs of many Fulgoroids produce wax from special glands on the abdominal terga and other parts of the body. These are hydrophobic and help conceal the insects. Adult females of many families also produce wax which may be used to protect eggs.[1]

Planthoppers are often vectors for plant diseases, especially phytoplasmas which live in the phloem of plants and can be transmitted by planthoppers when feeding.
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JeanneyLost Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Looks so surreal and alien... wonderful shot!
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow, it's so ghostly looking at this point!
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mant01 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Beautiful
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MsDungeonX Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:wow: It's so ghost-like~
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DragonflyLite Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Look how lovely and perfect its wings are. Nature is awesome. =)
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HIGHonHelium Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That is beautiful. I still find it hard to believe that these species exist because they literally look like something from science fiction. 
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Amjad-Miandad Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Its beautiful
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justbubblez Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist
amazing!! absolutely stunning! you have excellent timing
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Lightningball Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Great photo!
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Irrwahn Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... like a ghost!
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