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5 Comments

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Nice spot!
You could ad this to the Animal Architecture & Signs of Wildlife missions!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 8 years ago

That would be scary! Lucky for you, it's just a little bug :)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Interesting: I have seen these at my house before, but thought they were just weird plants. In fact, I thought it was rabies left behind from an animal. :) haha

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 8 years ago

Hi jgorneau, not it's not. Here's a quote from Wikipedia: "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 bug would quickly dry up. The nymphs pierce plants and suck sap causing damage, and much of the excess filtered fluids go into the production of the froth, which has an acrid taste, deterring predators."

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Is the "spit" poisonous?

armsequest
Spotted by
armsequest

Massachusetts, USA

Lat: 42.55, Long: -72.17

Spotted on Jun 1, 2011
Submitted on Feb 2, 2012

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