By G. Bosley  a.k.a.

Spittlebug Froth

Do your plants have white frothy clusters in the joins of stems or leaves that resembles spit?  Oh the Spittlebug or also called Froghoppers are more of a nuisance than they are damaging to most of  your garden plants.

The female lays her eggs in the fall in cracks or crevices of the stems of host plants.  When the eggs hatch in the spring and the new nymphs emerge they  cover themselves with a froth.  The froth is a combination of plant sap, air and mucus that prevents the young nymphs from drying out and acts as a protective covering from predators.

There are many species of Spittlebugs in Ontario.  The Meadow Spittlebug feeds on a variety of flowering plants as well as strawberries, corn, peas and small fruit.  The Boreal Spittlebug adults feed on pine, spruce and douglas-fir, while the nymphs feed on goldenrod and other wildflowers.

Spittlebug Nymph

Squeeze the frothy mass to dislodge the small green nymph from it’s protective cover or spray the frothy mass with the garden hose to dislodge from the plant.  Cleanup weedy areas around your garden and property where host plants may grow.  Birds and yellow jackets will prey on the adult spittlebugs.

An easy pest to deal with in the garden.

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