One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A jumping, plant-sucking bug, the larva of which produces cuckoo spit.
Family Cercopidae, suborder Homoptera: several generaAlso called spittlebug
- ‘Spittlebugs, or froghoppers, are easily identified by the frothy, white foam that protects them from predators.’
- ‘Philaenus spumarius, commonly known as a froghopper or spittle bug, is a mere 0.2 inches long, but employs a novel catapult mechanism to launch itself upwards of 28 inches into the air.’
- ‘The tiny spittlebug, or froghopper, leaped into the scientific spotlight in a July 2003 issue of the journal Nature.’
- ‘Keep an eye out for cuckoo spit, a globule of froth that conceals the tiny froghopper, easily squashed between thumb and finger.’
- ‘The fungus has been successfully used for froghopper, grasshoppers and other pests of agricultural importance.’
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