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  Spittlebug (Philagra parva)





Spittlebug | Philagra parva photo
Spittlebug above the froth mass

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Spittlebug | Philagra parva photo
Spittlebug in mass of froth bubbles on stem of a Grevillea

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Spittlebug | Philagra parva photo
Spittlebug nymph - not sure if this is the same species

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Spittlebug | Philagra parva photo
Spittlebug nymph - not sure if this is the same species

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.



SPITTLEBUG FACTS

Identification
This Spittlebug is brown with a head shaped like a horn. It produces a mass of foam bubbles like spittle on the stem of a plant. The insect hides in the foam to give it protection from predators.

Size
Body length 8mm

Habitat
various plants including Grevilleas and Wattles

Food
the nymphs pierce plants and suck the sap. The excess sap is used to produce the froth.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hemiptera
Family:Aphrophoridae
Genus:Philagra
Species:parva
Common Name:Spittlebug