Common Froghopper - Philaenus spumarius

Description

Length 5-7 mm. A spectacularly variable species, with many dramatically different colour forms. Head pubescent without median keel, <10 spines on hind tarsi (c.f. >10 for Neophilaenus campestris). 

Identification difficulty
ID checklist (your specimen should have all of these features)

Can be identified from good quality photographs, preferably one from directly above and one from the side
 

Habitat

Usually on vegetation such as bushes in grassy areas.

When to see it

Adult: June to September.

Life History

The larvae are the familiar producers of 'Cuckoo-spit' in gardens.

UK Status

An extremely common species on a wide range of plants across the UK.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Species profile

Species group:
Bugs
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Hemiptera
Family:
Aphrophoridae
Records on NatureSpot:
475
First record:
24/06/2003 (Nicholls, David)
Last record:
18/06/2024 (Pugh, Dylan)

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