Spittlebug


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Scientific Name

Philaenus spumarius

Biology

Description


Overview


Spittlebugs are pests of many crops including strawberries and many types of tree fruit.  Adults and nymphs feed on plants by sucking the sap of the host plant. Large numbers may result in decreased yields. Other side effects include loss of plant vigor, stunting of growth and shortening of stem internodes.


Main description


The nymphs of the spittlebug excrete a frothy substance that can completely envelope the insect, which can be a key identifier. At maturity, spittlebugs can range in length from 3 to 10 mm and are orange-yellow, with a tinge of green.


Scouting


When scouting for the spittlebug, it is important to look for the production of their frothy white mass. This key feature of the spittle bug makes identification easy.

 

Occurence

Crops

  • Strawberries

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