This has got to be the most adorable insect that I’ve ever come across. I found him outside of the carport at my Grandparents house this past summer. They live about an hour from the North Carolina coast. My best guess is that this is a type of Wooly Aphid. Wanted an educated opinion/guess!
It is a cool looking insect…nice photo!
It is the nymph stage or young of one of the Acanaloniid planthoppers. In the nymph stage it is hard to tell which one it is as they tend to all look alike. Once you see an adult then we know for sure.
Planthoppers feed on juices from shoots and leaves of plants, mostly trees and shrubs. the nymphs are known by the waxy filaments that stick out the back end. These do not feed enough to be pests.
They do look like wooly aphids, but have that long waxy tail. Good guess on your part!