The bug that went viral – Unconfirmed Cerynia species, possibly C. albata
When I posted an Instagram Reel of this Planthopper instar, I thought it was a pretty cool little dude but had no idea the viral sensation it would become. At the time of writing this blog it has reached 2.2 million views with 227k likes and over 2500 comments. A number of people did suggest the genus Cerynia and possibly the species called ‘albata’. I did a quick search on Google and also iNaturalist and I agree that it is probably this genus and species but so little research has been done on these insects that it’s almost impossible to get a confirmation. Just part of the intrigue and magic of Sumatra. So much is still unknown.
This incredible animal inspired a variety of comments suggesting Bridezilla, Nine-tailed Fox, a new Pokémon and a myriad of other gaming characters. It really struck a chord with the Instagram audience. I actually started replying to comments mentioning ‘new Pokémon’ with “$1 please”. I might make $100 bucks out of that! You can see the Instagram Reel here… Below is the possible adult of this species, and it’s a great example of how different the early instars are to the adult forms.
Unconfirmed Cerynia sp. possibly C. albata Instar and Adult form.