The Common Froghopper (Spittlebug)

20th June 2012
Solitary bees seem a bit "thin on the ground" at the moment and when I saw a leaf with some characteristc "cuckoo spit" on it, I thought it would provide an opportunity to photograph a Common Froghopper (Spittlebug) nymph. The Spittlebug - Philaenus spumarius is a true bug, having mouthparts that are specialised for piercing and sucking. The nymph produces the spittle mass as a protection against predators and desiccation.

I encouraged the nymph out of the spittle and got this photograph as it walked around the edge of the leaf. I liked the rather "purposeful" gait. I put it back afterwards. Most gardeners would probably squash it!

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