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Lepyronia coleoptrata


Spittlebugs mating pair on mullein (Verbascum sp.) leaf. About 10 mm long.


Mountain meadow on the edge of deciduous woodland.


Spittlebugs are best known for the nymph stage, which produces a cover of frothed-up plant sap resembling saliva; the nymphs are therefore commonly known as spittlebugs and their froth as cuckoo spit, frog spit or snake spit. The froth serves a number of purposes. It hides the nymph from the view of predators and parasites, it insulates against heat and cold, thus providing thermal control and also moisture control; without the froth the insect would quickly dry up. The nymphs pierce plants and suck sap causing very little damage, much of the filtered fluids go into the production of the froth, which has an acrid taste, deterring predators. Adult spittlebugs jump from plant to plant; some species can jump up to 70 cm vertically: a more impressive performance relative to body weight than fleas. The froghopper can accelerate at 4,000 m/s2 over 2mm as it jumps (experiencing over 400 gs of acceleration). Spittlebugs can jump 100 times their length.

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KostasZontanos 7 years ago

I'm glad this spotting helped you to see a spittlebug! Thank you Gilma Jeannette.

I finally get to see a Spittlebug! I keep finding the Froth but never found the actual bug. Thank you for sharing, KostasZontanos. Here is my PN find of the Froth.

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Αποκεντρωμένη Διοίκηση Ηπείρου - Δυτικής Μακεδονίας, Greece

Spotted on Jul 24, 2016
Submitted on Jul 31, 2016

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