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Spiddlebug

Scientific Name: 
Aphrophora sp.

A foam or froth found on the growing tips of plants hides the nymph of a true bug which actually produces the white mass.  This is a very effective protective mechanism for the immature insect as most preditors will not find the froth attractive.  The adult spiddle bugs look like small brown leaf hoppers.  Both nymphs and adults have piercing-sucking mouthparts for extracting plant fluids.  Photos by Laurel Woodley

Garden Location: 
Mediterranean Garden
Aphrophora sp. on Bedstraw
Aphrophora sp. produceds copious spiddle
Aphrophora sp. exposed in the spiddle
Viewing Months: 
May
Jun
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