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This comical-looking creature with the oversized wings and googly eyes is a member of the planthopper family, in a sub-family called the “Derbidae”. Many adult Derbid bugs holding their wings up in this peculiar fashion.
The bug is often called the rabbit eared tree hopper due to its wings sticking straight up like rabbit ears. The Derbid Planthopper prefers the shade of forests where it feeds on palm. Adult derbidae are sap suckers, as nymphs they feed on fungi and mosses.
Mostly found in the south Pacific, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands.
Seen at dusk or shortly after nightfall they avoid direct sunlight. Some Derbids leave honey dew deposits on leaves while they are feeding. This blackens the leaf decreasing the amount of photosynthesis on the plant. The bugs also secrete a waxy substance which is thought to aid in holding them on leaves.
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