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Aphrophora Spittlebug

Aphrophora cf. auropilosa


Froghopper of about 5mm in length. Brown with white stripes forming a wide V-shape at the sides of the abdomen. Its posture in these pictures reminds me of a bird. Aphrophoridae (Evans, 1946) is a family in Cercopoidea. Aphrophora auropilosa is the only species I found that has been reported in the Philippines. The froghoppers, or the superfamily Cercopoidea, are a group of Hemipteran insects, in the suborder Auchenorrhyncha. These families are best known for the nymph stage, which produces a cover of frothed-up plant sap resembling spit; the nymphs are therefore commonly known as spittlebugs and their froth as cuckoo spit, frog spit or snake spit. Wikipedia.


Backyard, spotted on a leaf of a heliconia plant.


Reference: Distribution: Images:, These images are most probably Aphrophora auropilosa basing on the distribution report.

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Biñan, Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Oct 6, 2012
Submitted on Dec 15, 2012

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