Spittlebug
( Cercopidae )


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

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Auchenorrhyncha
Order:Hemiptera
Suborder:Auchenorrhyncha
Family:Cercopidae
Taxon Code:HOM01017
ITIS TSN#:109172

LOCATION DETAILS
Location
ECI Site#:CAEB010108

RECOGNITION
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.

HABITAT

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar

REFERENCES
  • Family Cercopidae - Spittlebugs. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/145). Accessed March 12, 2016. [ IMAGES ]
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System TSN#109172


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