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Spittlebug (Meadow)

Philaenus spumarius
Spittlebug (Meadow)

Range

They are found in the Northeastern U.S. states south to Florida; the West Coast to the north central states across to nearby Canada.

Habitat

They live in fields, meadows and farmlands, anywhere plants grow.

Body Traits

They are less than a half-inch long and oval-shaped. They have short, little antennae. Adults are brown, young nymphs are light green.

Habits

Newly hatched young (nymphs) cover themselves with a bubbly froth they make. It protects them from dry air, predators, and parasites.

Diet

They suck the juice out of many different plants.

Reproduction

Females lay the eggs in the fall on food plant. They survive the winter and hatch in the spring.

Spittlebug (Meadow)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class:  Insecta
Order:  Hemiptera
Suborder: Auchenorrhyncha
Infraorder: Cicadomorpha
Superfamily: Cercopoidea
Family: Aphrophoridae
Genus:  Philaenus
Species: P. spumarius

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