‘Nymph’ insect with iridescent tuft of ‘hair’ discovered in…

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The bizarre bug that looks a TROLL: Insect with tuft of ‘hair’ discovered in American rainforest

The 7mm-wide, bug is thought to be an insect called a

Its elongated golden body is in orange dots and stripes

made of wax protrude from the rear to ward off predators



It may look like straight from a toy store but bizarre creature is a new species of found living in the South rainforest.

The 7mm-long creature is golden and its body is covered in orange and stripes.

It has hair-like feelers out of its rear which resemble the hair of the colourful Troll a popular toy in the 1990s.

The 7mm-wide pictured, was discovered after from the University of Harvard for three weeks to explore the rainforest of southeast Suriname. The creature is covered in orange and stripes. Its feelers are made of wax protrude from its rear end

Researchers believe the bug is an immature called a nymph, possibly into one of four nymph Dictyopharidae, Nogodinidae, Lophopidae, and


A nymph is an insect.

In insects that a gradual metamorphosis, the stage of the cycle that hatches the egg is called the nymph.

These do not pupate like a butterfly.

Often, the nymph looks a smaller, wingless version of the The nymph may molt several to reach adulthood.

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Insects undergo simple or gradual and have a nymph stage, grasshoppers and crickets, cockroaches, and dragonflies.

Teams from the of Harvard and museums around the trekked for three weeks to the untouched rainforest of southeast

The new nymph was one of 60 new species recorded the trek.

Princeton’s Dr Trond who is a tropical ecologist and conservation spent days studying the

Dr Larsen said: ‘I spent hours searching of nymphs to compare it to other but have only been to narrow it down from 16 to

In insects that undergo a metamorphosis, the stage of the life that hatches from the egg is the nymph. These insects do not like a butterfly.

The iridescent that grows from the of some nymphs is in fact of wax. It is produced by specialised in the abdomen.

The wax serves a variety of — in some species it into a fan shape and can slow while falling. It can also act as a for predators.

The bug is believed to be an insect called a It has hair-like feelers made of wax stick out of its rear and which the fuzzy hair of the colourful Dolls, pictured — a toy in the 1990s. The wax can grow into a fan and can slow descent while It can also act as a distraction for predators

couldn’t match it with we have discovered before. I get it into a family with continued Dr Larsen.

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