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(ˈspɪt lˌbʌg)

the nymph of the froghopper, which surrounds itself with a frothy mass.
[1880–85, Amer.]
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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
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Spittlebugs appear on pine trees, azalea mites on azaleas, cankerworms on elms and maples, lace bugs on the mountain ash.
Screening for resistance to adult spittlebugs (Hemiptera: Cercopidae) in Brachiaria spp.
They cover tephritid fruit flies, Hessian flies, tsetse flies, mosquitoes, beetles, silk moths, parasitoid wasps, bedbugs, aphids, spittlebugs, grasshoppers, and ticks.
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).
Antibiosis to spittlebugs (Homoptera: Cercopidae) in accessions of Brachiaria spp.
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.
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).
anisopliae maintained at the Sugarcane Research Center of Colombia (Cenicana), and others isolated flora larvae of Galleria mellonella, used as a trap in soil samples, and spittlebugs with signs of infection, were characterized in relation to virulence, spore production, radial growth, germination and characteristics of the colony.
Investigation of the Roles of Spittlebugs, Cankers, Stem Density and Ground Water in Branch Dieback and Mortality in Regenerating White Pine.
Taxonomy and biology of spittlebugs of the genera Aenolamia Fennah and Prosapia Fennah (Cercopidae) in Northeastern Mexico.
They are larger and noisier than their relatives, the aphids, scale insects, leafhoppers, and spittlebugs.