Meadow Spittlebugs

Meadow Spittlebugs

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Credit: Nature's Images, Inc. /SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Spiittlebugs, Philaenus sp., on yucca flowering stalk. These are in genus Philaenus, the meadow spittlebugs. Named from the spittle-like froth the immature insects secrete to help protect them from predators and dessication. Some of the froth has been removed to show the insect. This is a very widespread family of true bugs belongng to Order Homoptera, family Cercopidae - although some authorities place them in family Aphrophoridae. Photo Bosque Co., TX

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Keywords: animal, aphrophoridae, arthropod, cercopidae, concealment, defensive secretion, foam, froth, homoptera, insect, nymph, philaenus sp., protection, spit, spittle, spittle bug, spittlebugs, true bug

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