(redirected from Spittlebugs)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Related to Spittlebugs: froghopper




(ˈspɪt lˌbʌg)

the nymph of the froghopper, which surrounds itself with a frothy mass.
[1880–85, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spittlebug - small leaping herbivorous insect that lives in a mass of protective froth which it and its larvae secretespittlebug - 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
References in periodicals archive ?
fastidiosa is transmitted in the field by xylem-feeding insects, especially sharpshooters (family Cicadellidae, subfamily Cicadellinae) and related insects such as spittlebugs (family Cercopidae) (Hopkins and Purcell 2002).
Fiddler crabs, ospreys, painted salamanders, turkey vultures, ringtails, spittlebugs, and earthworms are just a few of the species featured who have special ways of adapting to the heat of the mid-solstice summer sun.
Most true bugs, such as spittlebugs and aphids, use this tough mouthpart to pierce plants and drink their sap or other juices.
Check plants for early signs of infestation by insects such as aphids (look for distorted new growth and tiny, often green or black insects) and spittlebugs (look for white foam on the stems).
Investigation of the Roles of Spittlebugs, Cankers, Stem Density and Ground Water in Branch Dieback and Mortality in Regenerating White Pine.
They are larger and noisier than their relatives, the aphids, scale insects, leafhoppers, and spittlebugs.
Spittlebugs soon grow up to be adults - froghoppers or leafhoppers - and pass from our awareness.
I show some of the children spittlebugs hiding in a fortress of foam and these children become spittlebug guides for their classmates.
Spittlebugs appear on pine trees, azalea mites on azaleas, cankerworms on elms and maples, lace bugs on the mountain ash.
However, locusts actually are a type of grasshopper, whereas cicadas are more closely related to tiny aphids, leafhoppers, and spittlebugs.
Whittacker, an ecologist at Lancaster University in England, and his colleagues have followed several generations of spittlebugs living in C[O.