Spittlebug
( Cercopidae )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Cercopidae
(Leach ,1815 )
Common Name:Spittlebug
Life Stage:(N) nymph/naiad

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Paraneoptera
Order:Hemiptera
Suborder:Auchenorrhyncha
Family:Cercopidae
Taxon Code:HOM00123
ITIS/TSN:109172

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Gardens at Lake Merritt, Lakeside Park, 666 Bellevue, Oakland
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CA01100110

RECOGNITION
Description
One or two stout spines on the hind tibiae, and a circlet of spines at the apex.
Body Length
Rarely over 13 mm
Similar Taxa
Leafhoppers (Cicadellidae, Homoptera)

BIOLOGY
Spittlebug: nymphs surround themselves with a frothy mass that resembles spittle.

CREDITS
Photographer
Jim Ryugo
Park Maintenance, City of Oakland

References
Family Cercopidae - Spittlebugs. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/145). Accessed March 12, 2016. .
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