spittle insect


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spittle insect

(ˈspɪtəlˌbʌɡ) or

spittlebug

n
(Animals) other names for the froghopper
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Noun1.spittle insect - small leaping herbivorous insect that lives in a mass of protective froth which it and its larvae secretespittle insect - small leaping herbivorous insect that lives in a mass of protective froth which it and its larvae secrete
homopteran, homopterous insect - insects having membranous forewings and hind wings
Cercopidae, family Cercopidae - froghoppers or spittlebugs
froghopper - a variety of spittlebug
meadow spittlebug, Philaenus spumarius - North American insect that severely damages grasses
pine spittlebug - North American insect that attacks pines
Aphrophora saratogensis, Saratoga spittlebug - feeds on pines in northern United States
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He also raised flies from late-instar larvae outside spittle masses and concluded that Cladochaeta inversa "apparently feeds on plant sap in the form of spittle" and is "parasitic only in so far that it utilizes the excess of the sap drawn from the plant tissues by the spittle insect.