Hi, everyone! My two-year-old daughter loves to dig in the dirt and play with bugs. Recently these things have infested our district in Tianjin, China, but I don't know if they are safe for her to play with or not. They can jump and fly short distances, and crawl on vines and bushes during the day. They sense when we're close and walk away from the camera, but they're not so fast that my daughter can't (accidentally) squish them when she tries to "touch" them.
Any idea what these are? Thanks!
It is a plant hopper of some sort (position of the legs and the antennae rule out a true bug), but I do not have my books here. Might be a frog hopper nymph (masquerading as a weevil I dare say).
Okay, it is the nymph of a fulgorid planthopper (family Fulgoridae, that also includes the lantern flies). Its general build resembles that of a Lycorma species (see for example Lycorma delictula: http://www.whatsthatbug.com/wp-content/uploads//2009/08/lycorma_delictula_korea_judy.jpg) but perhaps there are similar genera.
Between here, whatsthatbug.com and bugguide.net I've got some good leads on this thing, but I'm not sure how to sort them out. Is it an immature form of some sort of cicada?
Here's what I've compiled so far: I.D.-ing the spring bug infestation in Tianjin, China
Following the links to Lycorma olivacea I am convinced that it is a species of Lycorma (Fulgoridae), but I see some differences between your images and that species, so I am not certain that it is olivacea.
Could it be Lycorma meliae? See this page -
If I'm right it's Paul who deserves the credit - he put me in the right direction. I'm just trying to help him out.