Jun 27 2013

Foam on Plants? Spittlebugs

Published by at 6:45 am under Insects, Fish, Frogs,Schenley Park

Spittle bugs in Schenley Park, 15 Jun 2013 (photo by Kate St. John)

Have you seen these foamy spots on plants?  I found some last week in Schenley Park.

These are the hiding places of nymphal froghoppers, also called spittlebugs, tiny insects who suck the juice out of plants and excrete it as sticky foam to protect themselves from temperature extremes, dessication and predators.

With over 3,000 species of spittlebugs worldwide you're likely to have some nearby.  They're very small and hard to photograph but Rod Innes of British Columbia was able to video them and show what they're doing much better than I could.  See below.

What a strange way for a bug to live.


(photo by Kate St. John)

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2 Responses to “Foam on Plants? Spittlebugs”

  1. Susanon 27 Jun 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Yuck, but thanks —- I’ve always wondered about the foam.

  2. Daveon 30 Jun 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Wow, I never knew.
    Thanks for the enlightenment !

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