In BriefThis weird little insect might look like a jumping flower from far away, but it's actually the strange Planthopper Nymph. Dr. Ross Piper traveled to Burma to get a closer look.
Planthoppers are a kind of insect, and they are terribly interesting. As you can see from the image below, they look a little bit like snowflakes resting on tropical branches. However, these little guys are anything but sedentary or silent. Entomologist Dr. Ross Piper wanted to get an up-close look at the Flatidae planthopper nymphs, a particularly fascinating breed of planthoppers that jump around with great speed and agility (as an aside, there are over 12,000 species of planthoppers).
In order to find these creatures, Piper traveled to the forests of Burma. Fortunately, during a shoot for Smithsonian Channel, he stumbled across some of these little critters. For the most part, the minuscule insects keep themselves safe with hair-like stems protruding from their bodies, that look and act similarly to thorns. Watch while Dr. Piper has a little fun with these intriguing animals.