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see froghopperfroghopper
or spittlebug,
small, hopping insect 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.
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There are actually 10 species of spittlebug in the UK and the young, called nymphs - all produce whitish, frothy blobs of spittle on leaves and branches.
The disease is caused by a bacterium which is moved from one plant to another by plantsucking insects such as the spittlebug.
Hamilton, The spittlebugs of Canada (Homoptera: Cercopidae), Insects and Arachnids of Canada, part 10, Biosystematics Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1982.
Oliveira, "Parasitism of spittlebug eggs (Homoptera: Cercopidae) by the microhymenopteran Anagrus urichi Pickles (Hymenoptera: Mymaridae) in Campo Grande, MS, Brazil," Neotropical Entomology, vol.
Abstract: The sugarcane spittlebug, Aeneolamia varia (Hemiptera: Cercopidae) is an important economic pest in the Cauca valley, Colombia since 2007.
Marandu appears as an option for farmers, due to its agronomic and zoothecnic characteristics, such as nutritional value, less seasonality in production, higher leaf / stem ratio, pasture spittlebug resistance, adaptation to acid soils and high forage mass production (EMBRAPA, 1985).
We developed the hypothesis that two predisposing factors, high stem density and lower ground water, were increasing susceptibility to an inciting factor--a spittlebug epidemic.
& BATISTA FILHO, A., 2005.--Screening of entomopathogenic nematodes (Nemata: Rhabditida) and the efficiency of Heterorhabditis sp., against the Sugarcane Root Spittlebug Mahanarva fimbriolata (Fabr.) (Hemiptera: Cercopidae).
A new approach to the Auchenorrhyncha (Hemiptera, Insecta) cytogenetics: chromosomes of the meadow spittlebug Philaenus spumarius (L.) examined using various chromosome banding techniques.
It is interesting to learn that the unsightly mess is caused by a bug with the most appropriate name of spittlebug.