One of Britain’s largest and brightest froghoppers. It has distinctive black and red markings which a few similar species share. Its bright markings signify that it is very distasteful to birds and other would be predators. Length 9 to 11mm.
It spends much of its early life feeding on underground roots still contained within its protective froth commonly called ‘Cuckoo Spit’ which is solidified. Strictly vegetarian feeding on many plant species, including grasses, nettles, and docks.
Seen April to August, mainly wooded areas, but also in meadows and hedgerows. Usually observed resting on vegetation and if disturbed it will jump a good way. Common and widespread in the south of Britain.
Photographs taken April 2007 and June 2011 near local river, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2007 and 2011. Camera Camera Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W1 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38.