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Froghopper (Nymph)

Clastoptera sp

Description:

Brown and yellow insect that secretes a foam resembling spit on plants. The adult female can be seen at my other spotting: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/230... and the adult male at: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/239...

Habitat:

Unknown yellow flowering plant in chaparral area along trail.

Notes:

Apparently the spit has several purposes. It hides the nymph, helps regulate temperature, keeps it moist and also deters predators. Aka Spittle Bug

No species ID suggestions

5 Comments

Carolina
Carolina 7 years ago

Thank you for looking up, Cindy. That's interesting!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

Thank YOU. I didn't know myself and had to look it up. I also updated the description :)

misako
misako 7 years ago

thanks!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

Apparently it has several purposes. It hides the nymph, helps regulate temperature, keeps it moist and also deters predators.

misako
misako 7 years ago

what is the purpose of the foam?

San Diego, California, USA

Lat: 33.06, Long: -117.07

Spotted on Oct 6, 2011
Submitted on Oct 6, 2011

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