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Make a home for wildlife
Froghoppers are small, brown insects that can jump great distances if threatened. They hold their wings together like a tent over their body.
Their larvae are more commonly seen coated in a mass of froth – or cuckoo spit – on plant stems.
This froth protects the larva from predators as it feeds on young leaves and shoots, and it also stops it from drying out. The larva produces the froth by forcing air into a fluid exuded from its anus.
Plant sap. Larvae eat young leaves.
Adults and cuckoo spit from June to September.
Adults on woody and herbaceous plants. Cuckoo spit on plant stems. Also in parks and meadows.