Nature photographer films adorable insect that looks like a piece of popcorn

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There’s so much beauty in the world, and so much of it we can’t see until we look through a macro lens. Physicist, biologist, and talented nature photographer Andreas Kay filmed an adorable little bug that looks like a walking piece of popcorn.

Sadly, Andreas Kay passed away in October last year. But his work and his beautiful images and videos live on.

Andreas used his macro setup to film the little creature walking back and forth on his hand. This tiny “popcorn” is called Flatid Planthopper Nymph, and it’s commonly found in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador. The white “fluff” you see are layers of waxy filaments that serve as protection.

This “popcorn bug” certainly is one of the strangest (and cutest) ones I’ve seen. And it made me think: what was the strangest insect I’ve ever photographed?  I immediately remembered this giant Japanese Silk Moth, but sadly I only had my phone with me at the time. What’s the weirdest insect you’ve ever photographed?

[via Laughing Squid]

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