SINOBUG

Aphrophorid Spittlebugs (Philagra sp., Aphrophoridae, Hemiptera)

The hoppers of this family are known as spittlebugs because their nymphs produces ‘spittle’ clinging to the stems of shrubs or small trees. They live immersed in masses of bubbles. It is believed that this will reduce the risk of dehydration and/or deter parasites and predators. Their spittle is sometimes known as cuckoo-spit.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese true bugs and hoppers on my Flickr site HERE…..

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