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Spotted this froghopper on a lavender blossom in my garden in Emeryville, CA.


Urban flower garden.


The froghoppers, or the superfamily Cercopoidea, are a group of Hemipteran insects, in the suborder Auchenorrhyncha. Traditionally, most of this superfamily was considered a single family, Cercopidae, but this family has been split into three separate families for many years now: the Aphrophoridae, Cercopidae, and Clastopteridae. More recently, the family Epipygidae has been removed from the Aphrophoridae. 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, or spit bugs, and their froth as cuckoo spit, frog spit or snake spit. The final family in the group, Machaerotidae, is known as the tube spittlebugs because the nymphs live in calcareous tubes, rather than producing froth as in the other families. Many species resemble leafhoppers, but can be distinguished by the possession of only a few stout spines on the hind tibia, where leafhoppers have a series of small spines. Wikipedia

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CindyBinghamKeiser 12 years ago

Awesome! Thank you misako.hill :)

misako 12 years ago

Added! :)

CindyBinghamKeiser 12 years ago

Hello, I started a mission that focuses on the hoppers. I'm hoping it will global rather than just the 300 mile radius of where I'm at. Regardless, I'd really appreciate you adding your hopper spotting(s). Thank you!

misako 12 years ago

Thanks lgCostaNut--I don't have that many in my garden and think they are so cute! :)

LarryGraziano 12 years ago

Great photos. I always wondered what they are. I have some that are destroying my Basil plants!

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Emeryville, California, USA

Spotted on Oct 30, 2011
Submitted on Oct 31, 2011

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