Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Spittle

There’s an insect in there:

Spittle bug spittle

Spittle bug spittle

It’s a spittle bug!  Rather aptly named, don’t you think?


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6 thoughts on “Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Spittle

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

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