- This page contains pictures and information about Froghoppers and Spittle Bugs
in Superfamily Cercopoidea that we found in the Brisbane area,
- Spittle Bugs
- Froghoppers and Spittle Bugs adults are good jumper with spiny hind legs.
They are sucker feeding sap on plants. Nymphs make spittle or tube and hind
inside as protection.
- Their nymphs produce 'spittle' clinging to the stems of shrubs or small
trees to reduce the risk of dehydration or to deter parasites. Those spittle
is sometimes known as cuckoo-spit. When carefully removed those
'spittle', we saw an insect nymph hiding inside.
- Insects in this group are commonly known as Tube Spittlebugs. Their nymphs build and
live in calcareous tubes attached to stems of food plants. The nymphs
immersed in their liquid excretions. Their host plants are usually Eucalypts. Adults are usually greenish- yellow or black in colours.
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 469.
- 2. The leafhoppers and froghoppers of Australia and New Zealand (Homoptera: Cicadelloidea and Cercopoidea) - J W Evans, Australian Museum,
- 3. Northern
Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
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