Biologist Trond Larsen was exploring the remote mountain rainforest of Suriname in South America when he came across a bizarre little creature that looks like a living version of a frizzy-haired troll doll.
Photo by Trond Larsen
While Larsen believes the insect is a species of planthopper (of the family Fulgoroidea), it didn't stick around long enough for him to capture it for further study (the specimen is in the “nymph” stage, which is physically quite different than a fully-grown adult, making it even harder to identify). He did, however, snap this cool pic, which was later published by National Geographic.
By the way, the troll "hair" isn't really growing on its head... more like its butt. Scientists say the frizzy mane is a waxy excretion from the bug's abdomen which protects it from being grabbed by predators.
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