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A possible carrier of the lethal palm yellowing disease, planthoppers often are mistaken fro moths or cicadas. Most planthoppers hide well in garden vegetation, but one species, the palmetto, is able to prevent attack using their special weapon: wax. To prevent a predator from getting to close, the palmetto produces a "fountain-like tail", which would entangle the attacker in wax.

Photo Courtesy of: James L. Castner http://eny3005.ifas.ufl.edu/lab1/Homoptera/Dictyopharid.htm   Deyrup, Mark 2000. Florida's Fabulous Insects. World Publications.