The Cicada Look-alike Planthopper

8 May 2011
It is often found hugging onto tree trunks, and very frequently mistaken to be a cicada. This plant hopper is about the same size as a cicada, but usually sports much richer colours. As usual, when everyone spotted this beauty, cicada was the first name that comes to mind. Check out the pictures and see if you can spot the differences. ūüôā

Cicada (Cicadidae) - DSC_9182#1 The real Cicada, freshly emerged from a molt. From Nocturnal Creatures of Mandai

Cicada moult (Cicadidae) - DSC_7888#2 And this is how the molt looks like

And now, for the plant hopper! I used to call it the Derbid Planthopper, but I’m not too sure now as I’ve also been calling another bug a Derbid Planthopper. Maybe same, maybe not. Am confused!

Planthopper (Dichoptera sp.?) - DSC_2286#4 Top view, it keeps its wings open when at rest.

Planthopper (Dichoptera sp.?) - DSC_2288#5 Close up side view

Planthopper (Dichoptera sp.) - DSC_7278#6 Top view of another plant hopper

Planthopper (Dichoptera sp.) - DSC_7263#7 Side view of the beauty, where the rich colours can be seen

And here are some other subjects from this short trip!

Big Jawed Spider (Opadometa sp.) - DSC_7196#8 I can create waves!!

Big Jawed Spider (Opadometa sp.) - DSC_7207#9 Just to show the web of the orb weaver

Robberfly (Asilidae) - DSC_7220#10 The usual Robberfly. Always found on the same branch!

Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) - DSC_7241#11 Long Horned Beetle. It flew away before I could take more shots. ūüôĀ

Common Posy (Drupadia ravindra moorei) - DSC_7304#12 Looks like the Common Posy (Drupadia ravindra moorei) Completely oblivious to the ants crawling around it. More information from the Butterfly Circle website.

Skipper larvae (Coeliadinae) - DSC_7325#13 Found this mess of caterpillars on a single leaf. No idea of the ID though, anyone?

Skipper larvae (Coeliadinae) - DSC_7339#14 Closer view to aid in identification ūüôā

Ant-Snatching Assassin Bug (Acanthaspis sp.) - DSC_7346#15 Ant-Snatching Assassin Bug (Acanthaspis petax) This bizarre creature sticks it’s prey onto it’s back. Notice all the ant heads lumped together! More details on this deadly assassin here: New Tiny Findings at Mandai Track 15.

The complete album can be viewed here.



Hi my name is Nicky Bay. I am a macro photographer, instructor and book author, travelling the world to document the vast micro biodiversity that nature has to offer. Follow my updates and discover with me the incredible beauty and science behind our planet's micro creatures!

Copyright Notice

All images ¬© 2008-2020 Nicky Bay unless stated otherwise. Reproduction of any content without permission is prohibited. Please read the Image Use Policy and contact [email protected] for licensing requests.

Mailing List

Subscribe to get updates to new posts, stories, workshops and book launches! Your email will never be shared with others.