There’s an insect in there:
Spittle bug spittle
It’s a spittle bug! Rather aptly named, don’t you think?
Some of my friends accuse me of making up names for the bugs that i photograph, so I had to check and I’m amazed to see there really is a spittle bug. As the old adage says, truth is stranger than fiction.
Ha ha! Insects can have glorious common names! Spittle bugs are one of the best for sure – and they really do produce a spit like substance as you can see in the photo. The name is both descriptive AND humorous!
In England we call this “Cuckoo spit” – eggs laid about the time the cuckoo (lays its eggs in other birds nests) arrives from Africa – the bug we call a leaf hopper,
Interesting! Leafhoppers in the US are the insects in the family Cicadellidae while the spittle bugs are the insects in the family Cercopidae. They’re close relatives though, and look very similar.
I find these guys in my yard from time to time, but they don’t seem very common.
They are everywhere at Prairie Ridge! SO many spittle bugs hiding out in the grass…
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