Posted on 08/03/2014

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The lair of the froghopper nymph

The lair of the froghopper nymph
The nymph of the froghopper, in this case probably Prosapia bicincta, draws sap from the host plant, here a Queen Anne's lace, and exudes a bubbly, foul-tasting mass which keeps it hydrated and insulated and protects it from predators. It lives inside the "spittle" and dines on the plant. At this stage, the nymphs are called "spittle bugs." In some places, almost every plant has one or more of these foamy installations.