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Meadow Spittlebug

Philaenus spumarius


Small, green spittlebug nymph. After hatching, nymphs cover themselves in a frothy "spit" made of tiny bubbles. The bubbles protect them from drying out and makes it difficult for predators to find them. Adult spittlebugs are called froghoppers.


Spotted in a meadow at Bent of the River Audubon

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Christine Y.
Christine Y. 2 years ago

I had never seen the nymphs out of the spit before, but this is the third one I've seen this month! They are very cute to watch...and fast too - it wouldn't stay still!

Cammie C. Myers
Cammie C. Myers 2 years ago

Very cool, haven't ever actually seen the bug before!

Connecticut, USA

Lat: 41.48, Long: -73.22

Spotted on Jul 11, 2016
Submitted on Jul 11, 2016

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