Willow Spittlebug - Aphrophora salicina


Length 8 to10 mm.  Aphrophora are large froghoppers that all possess a keel on the vertex and front of pronotum, but some species can be difficult to separate. The forewings of this species are uniformly olive green-brown with black puncturation. The ovipositor is aproximately as long as the anal tube. 

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

Can be identified by external features at 5-10X magnification.

Recording advice

Photos showing key ID features required. 


Associated with willows.

When to see it

Adult: May to November.

UK Status

Found in southern England (north to Yorkshire), south Wales, and parts of Ireland, but rather infrequent.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland.  The Sapcote record of 25th June 2018 is the first for our area.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map

Species profile

Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
25/06/2018 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
30/07/2023 (Cann, Alan)

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