froghopper


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froghopper

or

spittlebug,

small, hopping insectinsect,
invertebrate animal of the class Insecta of the phylum Arthropoda. Like other arthropods, an insect has a hard outer covering, or exoskeleton, a segmented body, and jointed legs. Adult insects typically have wings and are the only flying invertebrates.
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 of the order Homoptera. The adult, under 1-2 in. (1.2 cm) long in most species, is triangular in shape and usually gray or dull green to brown. Most froghoppers feed on plants and shrubs; a few feed on trees. They leap from plant to plant, seldom flying. Females insert their eggs in plant stems and sometimes cover them with a protective frothy material. When the nymphs, or larvae, emerge, they feed on the surface of the stem, sucking the plant juices. In many species the nymphs envelop themselves in a mass of foam (called spittle, frog spit, or cuckoo spit) made by blowing air through a viscid fluid expelled from the anus. The spittle, often conspicuous on grasses, protects the enclosed nymphs from desiccation and probably also from predators. Some froghopper species are injurious to pine trees and garden plants. Froghoppers are classified in the phylum ArthropodaArthropoda
[Gr.,=jointed feet], largest and most diverse animal phylum. The arthropods include crustaceans, insects, centipedes, millipedes, spiders, scorpions, and the extinct trilobites.
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, class Insecta, order Homoptera, family Cercopidae.
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Yap, curator at the University of the Philippines Museum of Natural History and Adeline Soulier-Perkins of the Paris-based Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, said they reviewed the list of froghoppers belonging to Poeciloterpa and have been able to describe four new species.
The Common Froghopper, or "spittle-bug" as it is unflatteringly known in the States, secrets its larvae in "cuckoo-spit", and the larvae gain sustenance by drawing sap from the flower stem.
Consider this: The froghopper can leap more than 100 times its body length.
In fall, adult female froghoppers lay eggs at the junctures of stems and leaves, ensuring next year's crop of bubbly bugs.
What is the common name for the froth left on plants by the froghopper insect?
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But these incredible pictures of a flea, a wasp, a bee and a froghopper taken by photographer Steve Gschmeissner using an electron scanning microscope prove that you may be an insect - but you can still be a stunner.
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AIF you inspect the spit you'll find grubs of an insect called a froghopper. The grubs hatch from eggs that are laid the previous autumn and they produce this froth as protection while they're feeding and growing.
If humans had the same jump ratio as the froghopper, we could leap bridges in a single bound (see diagram, right).
Well known for the presence of cuckoo spit, which is a frothy substance used as protection by the nymph of an insect called a froghopper.
But these incredible pictures of a flea, a wasp, a bee and a froghopper taken by photogra-pher Steve Gschmeissner using an electron scanning microscope prove that you may be an insect - but you can still be a stunner.