Red Aphid Visiting Some Spittlebugs

A red aphid (Uroleucon sp) checking out a colony of spittlebug (Cercopoidea sp.) nymphs in our yard, 10 August 2017.

Red aphid with spittlebug nymphs

Red aphid with spittlebug nymphs

The nymphs of the froghoppers, insects similar to leafhoppers, protect themselves by secreting a froth that looks a lot like spittle, thus earning the name “spittlebugs”. I don’t know what that red aphid was doing there. Maybe it was comparing sap-sucking techniques.

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