Common Froghopper Philaenus spumarius

Common Froghopper
Common Froghopper
Common Froghopper
The Common Froghopper is a variable plant bug of many disguises. It can be plain or patterned, browns or black/grey/white and often mimics other froghoppers' costumes.
Common Froghopper
Common Froghopper
Common Froghopper
It is some 5-7mm long and is found on bushes and grassland through the summer.
Common Froghopper
Common Froghopper
Common Froghopper
Those shown on this page are all thought to be Common Froghoppers (but I'm uncertain of a couple).
Common Froghopper
Common Froghopper
Common Froghopper
Even on one site, any variations can appear.
Common Froghopper
Common Froghopper
Common Froghopper
They are mainly active in the day but are attracted to light at night.
Common Froghopper
Common Froghopper
Common Froghopper
The Froghopper is also called the Spittlebug and the Common Froghopper is the main culprit for the foamy "spittle", also called Cuckoo Spit, which it creates on plants to protect its nymph.
Cuckoo spit
Froghopper spittle
Common Froghopper spittlebug nymph
"Cuckoo Spit" or froghopper spittle, inside which the spittlebug nymph, above right, develops.