Alder Spittlebug - Aphrophora alni

Description

Length 9-10 mm. One of several similarly-patterned, large froghoppers, but probably the most common and widespread. The genus can be recognised by the keel running down the midline of the head and pronotum, and the species by the colour pattern with distinct white patches near the margin of the wings (but beware similarly-coloured specimens of Philaenus spumarius and variants of other Aphrophora species).

Identification difficulty
Habitat

On a wide range of trees and bushes.

When to see it

Adult: May to October.

UK Status

It is a common species across the UK.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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