Aug 5, 2009
If you’ve ever wondered who’s been spitting all over your garden, wonder no more. Sure it could be the congested gardener, but more likely it’s a metamorphosing spit bug (see also spittle bug, froghopper).
When they’re in the nymph stage (think puberty for bugs), spit bugs produce a protective and moisturizing cover of frothed-up plant sap called cuckoo spit. They hang out in their home-made bubble bath for a little while and then voilà, they emerge from the frothy, spitty ooze as full grown bugs! Happy bar mitzvah guys. You’re all grown up.
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