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Philaenus spumarius

Common Name: Meadow Spittlebug
Philaenus spumarius
Philaenus spumarius

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Family: Aphrophoridae
Genus: Philaenus
Species: Philaenus spumarius

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Meadow spittlebugs are 1/4" long and yellow in color. They have an oval shaped body with short wings and antennae.

Habitat & Range

They are found in fields and brush thoughout the US, Canada, and Europe.


The meadow spittlebug produces foamy froth on plants for protection (pictured).

Life Cycle

They are the nymph of adult froghopper insects, that will lay their eggs in the fall.

Featured image by James Dake


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