Common Froghopper
Fact File
Taken at Baron's Haugh on 24th July 2015 with Panasonic Lumix LX5
in macro mode
 

 
 
Common Froghopper.
Scientific Name:
Order:
Family:
Philaenus spumarius.
Hemiptera.
Aphrophoridae.
Food:

Body Length:

Habitat:
Feature:
A variety of plants, mainly grasses, reed plants,
herbs and sometimes trees.
5 - 7 mm.
Many different habitats
The coloration of the body is very variable
(about 20 different colors are known).
Usually they are yellowish, brownish or black,
with brighter patches on a dark background,
but also with dark markings on a lighter background.
The larvae are well known for the self-generated foam
nests, that can be observed in Spring in meadows.
Their larvae in the foam nests are largely protected
from predators and also get the necessary moisture
for the development and temperature, so their mortality
remains low even in bad weather. The larval stage lasts
about 50 days. The adults leave the foam nest only when
it is completely dried. This takes about ten days.
The females mate soon after.