Plant hoppers have the best of both worlds. They grow in stages, as instars, now called nymphs, but each stage change their appearance as well, to end up as mature plant hopper, changing dramatically at each of the five nymph stages. They don’t waste time as a pupae.
They slowly loose their wax tails which are used for protection and to conceal the insect. Adult females still produce wax to protect the eggs.
Plant hoppers have, when they jump, the highest speed in the insect world. Most ambush predators do not target them because of their high speed of escape.
These creatures are well below ten millimeters body length. Despite being diurnal, they don’t wait for a ‘cheers’ for the photographer. It’s a matter of setting up the tripod, remote control in the hand and hope to catch’em in the ‘act of just being there’. 60 mm macro lens, f/6.3, 1/400, ISO 200. And enough sunscreen: the photographer’s own wax protection.