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PostSubject: Cuckoo Spit   Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:36 pm

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This isn't really spit from a cuckoo. In fact these foamy patches are produced by the nymphs of froghoppers - sometimes called Spittle Bugs. They spend all day drinking plant sap, and then when they're full up, they blow the excess out of their breathing holes creating lots of tiny bubbles.

The froth helps to protect and conceal the nymphs from predators. If you look inside the froth you'll find the little green nymph which is making all the mess. As it grows it develops its hard outer skeleton and wings and can leave the safety of the froth.

Latin name: Philaenus spumarius

Size: The adult insects are between 4 and 12mms, depending on the species.

Distribution: Commonly found throughout the UK.

Months seen: April to June.

Habitat: Woodland edges and grassland.

Food: Plant sap, extracted from the leaves and stems.

Special features: Many people are familiar with the frothy mass, commonly known as "cuckoo spit", which is seen on plants in spring and early summer.

The froth is created to help protect the developing nymphs of froghoppers. The nymphs drink more plant sap than they need for growth and health. The undigested excess is then blown out of the back end, producing the froth. The froth hides them from predators.

The name "froghopper" comes from the appearance of the insect when viewed from above, which is quite frog-like. The similarity is enhanced by the insects ability to jump incredible distances.

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PostSubject: Re: Cuckoo Spit   Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:01 pm

that is interesting, never knew this xx

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PostSubject: Re: Cuckoo Spit   Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:19 pm

Knew there was a grub in it but not what type of grub x
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