This is a nymph, a young spittlbug which can be found in frothy spittle, also called cuckoo spit, on plants, which the nymphs produce to protect themselves. They are also known as froghoppers, and there are ten species in the UK.

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May 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. Β© Pete Hillman.

14 thoughts on “Spittlebug

  1. There must be a lot of spittlebugs around at the moment for yours is the second blog focusing on them in the UK that I have read today. We get them here too – also commonly called cuckoo spit.

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  2. When I was young I often saw this cuckoo spit on plants. But IΒ΄ve never seen this little creature, since my grandma always warned me not to touch the froth.

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  3. You seem to spot a remarkable variety of insects in your garden, Pete. I’m sure there are many in our Australian gardens – I just never get to see them.
    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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  4. Last week I tried explaining cuckoo spit to my 5 year old granddaughter. She struggled with the concept of coming from an insect and not a cuckoo. I can show her your froghopper.

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