Everyone on Earth is beautiful and unique in their own way. When you’re talking about weird and interesting things, insects have to be at the top of the list. Even if you think they make up about 80% of the world’s living species, it doesn’t surprise you. That’s about 900,000 kinds of bugs. Then there’s one that doesn’t look like a bug but is more like popcorn.
The Flatid Planthopper Nymph lives in the Amazonian forests of Ecuador. It is part of the planthopper family, and it looks a little weird. A nature photographer caught the tiny cotton ball while navigating the Amazonian forest. Footage of it went viral because it was so small and cute. The tiny fluffy creature moves like popcorn or a snowflake to protect itself. It has some wax filaments on its body that help keep it safe from the outside world.
By the time Andreas Kay died, he had made a video of the tiny moving cloud. There are so many different kinds of insects on Earth that Kay spent almost a decade walking through the forests of Ecuador to write about them.
In the video, he said that this tiny Flatid Planthopper Nymph from the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador is covered in waxy filaments to protect it from danger. Look around: