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 (frôg′hŏp′ər, frŏg′-)
Any of various plant-feeding insects of the superfamily Cercopoidea, having adults with long legs used for leaping and nymphs that form frothy masses of liquid on plant stems. Also called spittlebug.


(Animals) any small leaping herbivorous homopterous insect of the family Cercopidae, whose larvae secrete a protective spittle-like substance around themselves. Also called: spittle insect or spittlebug


(ˈfrɒgˌhɒp ər, ˈfrɔg-)

any of several leaping homopterous insects of the family Cercopidae, which as a larva is surrounded by a frothy mass.
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Noun1.froghopper - a variety of spittlebug
spittle insect, spittlebug - small leaping herbivorous insect that lives in a mass of protective froth which it and its larvae secrete
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Spittle bug is another name for froghopper, tiny creatures who take in the sap of plants at this time of year before they emerge into brown beetles in August with a capability of being long jump champions.
Smith]; Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Caelifera), leafhoppers and spittle bugs (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha), and plant bugs (Hemiptera: Miridae) (Newman et al.
Spittle bugs are fairly easy to get rid of you can wash them off with a strong stream of water.