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Hemisphaerius formosus Melichar, 1913
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Published: February 11, 2019
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A candy colored pill-like planthopper! Taken at night in Singapore.

Issidae is a family of planthoppers described by Spinola in 1839, belonging to the order Hemiptera, suborder Auchenorrhyncha superfamily Fulgoroidea.

ssidae are small insects generally with a stocky body, as the wings mainly develop in width. Basic body coloration is not striking, usually shows brownish colors. The head has two ocelli. The forewings have strong pronounced ribs. They wrap the abdomen when the insect is at rest. The family originally included approximately 1000 species with 215 genera, but the systematics of Issidae remains uncertain, with many of the subfamilies having been recently removed to separate families, including Caliscelidae. Nogodinidae, and Tropiduchidae.

In 2013, scientists described a biologically unique set of mechanical gears in an Issus nymph, though identical structures are known in most planthoppers, and were known for decades[1] before the function of the gears was discovered[2]
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Comments (19)
Noisy-Bean's avatar
Noisy-Bean|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like a chubby frog in the cat 'bread' position
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SpringSeabastial|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, it's kinda cute
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MoonyMina|Hobbyist General Artist
amazing animal!!! wow!!! and such a lovely photo!!
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Thank you!
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me-and-mojo's avatar
This lil' guy is gorgeous!!!
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panteaze|Hobbyist Photographer
Oh Wow! Incredible. Great Shot!
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raido-ehwaz|Professional Photographer
The most amazing colours! And that shape... It doesn't even look real, but you made it real. :) Thanks for sharing!
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Bryant2003's avatar
Amazing looking . And great shot. Also is it related to a grasshopper in some way?
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Slender169101|Hobbyist Photographer
I thought it was a snegal (snail)
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CavumWolf-Ink's avatar
Im imagining finding one of these in a candy dish. Then mistaking it for a peppermint xD
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Great color for it. :)
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narkissa03|Hobbyist General Artist
That’s a cute bug
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Azph|Hobbyist General Artist
If I didn't know better I would say that that's a painted rock :)
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Scarlet-Nokitsune's avatar
Nah dude, that's an alien right there.
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