Planthopper with wax secretions

Planthopper with wax secretions

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Credit: DR MORLEY READ/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A tiny planthopper, possibly family Derbidae on the underside of a leaf surrounded with wax secretions. Carbohydrate which is surplus to their energy requirements is converted to wax and is secreted by glands on the body surface, presumably to provide protection from predators. Photographed in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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Keywords: amazon, aphid, biology, bug, defence, derbidae, ecuador, entomology, fauna, forest, hemiptera, insect, jungle, leaf, leaf hopper, nature, neotropical, parasite, pest, plant, plant hopper, planthopper, predation, predator, protection, rainforest, species, tree hopper, tropical, wax, waxy, wildlife, woolly, zoology

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