Spittlebug: The Soap Foam Bug
A few days ago I wrote about our visit to the Nature farm where they grow organic food and do not use any chemical pesticides. While walking on the farm I noticed a small foam kind of thing on one of the plants.
It was as if somebody was washing clothes and dropped some soapy foam there at best or somebody had spit at worst. As it was just below a wild flower it was looking rather out-of-place. I clicked a few pictures and was wondering what it could be. I remembered something called Foam bug or more scientifically Spittle bugs. They are also called Froghoppers due to the ability to jump many times its length just like a frog.
Soon I found more of the same foamy substance on a few more plants. In most cases the foam was near a joint of leaf and branch on the plant. On careful examination it appeared there was an Insect larvae in the foam. I decided to click some more pictures and did some search on Mr. Google. The foam is secreted by the larvae and the adults control the urge to spit all around and behave like good citizens ( Pan and Gutka chewers please learn: even bugs don’t spit around when they grow up)
So these foamy bugs or Spittlebugs are from a family of bugs called Cercopidae and the foam is believed to provide protection to the bug from predators besides providing a good comfortable place move around. The foam is produced by larvae of bugs at a fast rate while feeding on the sap of the plant. But overall the spittle bugs do not cause much harm and can be left alone, unless you find a major infestation (unlikely). If you grow organic food in your garden some of these bugs are a sign that your food is free from insecticides and pesticides. I think it is a small price to pay for healthy food free of pesticides and insecticides. If you feel that the spittle bugs are causing too much damage you can simple hose them with water and they will go away after a few drenching.
So have you noticed Spittle bugs i.e. foam/spit bugs or any other bugs/insects on your walks through the garden?
Here is another post about the preciously beautiful Jewel Bugs that I clicked some time back.
- Spittle Bugs
Pictures taken with Nikon D7000, 18-105 VR Lens, in day light.