What I have been trying to figure out, unsuccessfully, is what is going on here.
This is curious. First, there were two or three of the green planthoppers and about a dozen of the black ones on the tree trunk (a natural habitat for such things). But what are the black ones? The only other citations of these black ones I can find list them as "unidentified." And, since these types of insects can secrete a wax from their rears, is the black one attempting to acquire some wax or is this just an accidental position. I once read something about cockroaches stealing wax this way, but can't find that reference right now either. So just an interesting mystery photo for now.
7/7/2020 02:48:19 pm
I know this is four years late, but I grew up in Honduras. My friends and I would catch these all the time when we were little. They were almost always on the same type of tree, and I have never seen one type without the other type. We thought they were male and female because they were always together, until I looked them up and couldn’t find the black ones anywhere.
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Keith Christenson - Wildlife Biologist