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Cercopoidea Checklist: Froghoppers

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27 April 2020

Froghoppers from the superfamily Cercopoidea are also known as spittlebugs. They are best known for encasing themselves with a foam fortress during their nymphal stages, presumably for defense. Despite the name spittlebug, the foam is not created by spittle, but by its urine. Yes, they smother themselves with their pee-froth when young.

Checklist

This page consists of a personal checklist of all froghoppers or spittlebugs (Cercopoidea) that I’ve encountered over the years. Most were identified with the help from the kind folks on Flickr and Facebook, especially from Les Day.

All photos are of live subjects shot in the field, with the lateral and dorsal views selected where available. Click on individual photos for larger views and views from other angles. As specimens were not collected, identifications were done purely based on photographs and may not be 100% accurate.

This page will be updated regularly, please let me know if you spot any mistakes.

View my complete Flickr photo set: Cercopoidea – Froghoppers.

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Class: Insecta Linnaeus, 1758

Order: Hemiptera Linnaeus, 1758

Superfamily: Cercopoidea Leach, 1815

Family: Aphrophoridae Amyot & Serville, 1843

Genus: Clovia Stål, 1866

Froghopper (Clovia conifera) - DSC_0016

Singapore: Clovia conifera (Walker, 1851)

Genus: Plinia Stål, 1866

Froghopper (Plinia ampla) - DSC_0388

Singapore: Plinia ampla (Walker, 1851)

Froghopper (Plinia ampla) - DSC_8653

Singapore: Plinia ampla (Walker, 1851)

Spittlebug (Plinia sp.) - DSC_2007

Singapore: Plinia sp.

Spittlebug (Plinia sp.) - DSC_2008

Singapore: Plinia sp.

Genus: Ptyelinellus Lallemand, 1946

Spittlebug (Ptyelinellus praefractus) - DSC_5834

Singapore: Ptyelinellus praefractus (Distant, 1908)

Spittlebug (Ptyelinellus praefractus) - DSC_5844

Singapore: Ptyelinellus praefractus (Distant, 1908)

Genus: Ptyelus Le Peletier & Serville, 1825

Froghopper (Ptyelus goudoti) - DSC_1216

Madagascar: Ptyelus goudoti (Bennett, 1833)

Family: Cercopidae Leach, 1815

Genus: Amberana Distant, 1908

Froghopper (Amberana marginata) - DSC_7968

Madagascar: Amberana marginata (Falloe, 1890)

Red froghopper (Amberana marginata) - DSC_2068

Madagascar: Amberana marginata (Falloe, 1890)

Genus: Callitettix Stål, 1865

Froghopper (Callitettix versicolor) - DSC_5288

Cambodia: Callitettix versicolor (Fabricius, 1794)

* Unnamed form with white posterior spots

Froghopper (Callitettix versicolor) - DSC_5285

Cambodia: Callitettix versicolor (Fabricius, 1794)

* Unnamed form with white posterior spots

Genus: Considia Stål, 1865

Froghopper / Spittlebug (Considia pulverosula) - DSC_5846

West Malaysia: Considia pulverosula (Breddin, 1902)

Froghopper (Considia pulverosula) - DSC_5849

West Malaysia: Considia pulverosula (Breddin, 1902)

Genus: Eoscarta Breddin, 1902

Froghopper (Cercopidae) - DSC_4857

East Malaysia: Eoscarta flavipes Schmidt, 1925 or
Eoscarta borneensis Lallemand, 1949

Genus: Leptataspis Schmidt, 1910

Froghopper (Leptataspis ophir) - DSC_9842

West Malaysia: Leptataspis ophir (Distant, 1900)

Froghopper (Leptataspis ophir) - DSC_9831

West Malaysia: Leptataspis ophir (Distant, 1900)

Genus: Opistharsostethus Schmidt, 1911

Froghopper (pistharsostethus cf. globosicollis) - DSC_2165

West Malaysia: Opistharsostethus cf. globosicollis Schmidt, 1911

* Posterior internal pair of spots shows slight variation

Froghopper (pistharsostethus cf. globosicollis) - DSC_2157

West Malaysia: Opistharsostethus cf. globosicollis Schmidt, 1911

* Posterior internal pair of spots shows slight variation

Genus: Oxypeltarion Lallemand & Synave, 1961

Froghopper (Oxypeltarion cf. masoni) - DSC_4116

West Malaysia: Oxypeltarion cf. masoni (Distant, 1879)

Froghopper (Oxypeltarion cf. masoni) - DSC_4100

West Malaysia: Oxypeltarion cf. masoni (Distant, 1879)

Genus: Phymatostetha Stål, 1870

Froghopper (Phymatostetha borneensis) - DSC_3487

East Malaysia: Phymatostetha borneensis (Butler, 1874)

Froghopper (Phymatostetha borneensis) - DSC_3484

East Malaysia: Phymatostetha borneensis (Butler, 1874)

Froghopper (Phymatostetha dislocata) - DSC_1890

Singapore: Phymatostetha dislocata (Walker, 1857)

Froghopper (Phymatostetha dislocata) - DSC_1893

Singapore: Phymatostetha dislocata (Walker, 1857)

Froghopper / Spittlebug (Phymatostetha karenia) - DSC_3926

Thailand: Phymatostetha karenia Distant, 1900

Froghopper / Spittlebug (Phymatostetha karenia) - DSC_3900

Thailand: Phymatostetha karenia Distant, 1900

Genus: Trichoscarta Breddin, 1902

Froghopper (Trichoscarta sp.) - DSC_8960

East Malaysia: Trichoscarta sp.

Family: Machaerotidae Stål, 1866

Genus: Taihorina Schumacher, 1915

Froghopper (Taihorina batangana) - DSC_0694

Singapore: Taihorina batangana (Lallemand, 1951)

Unidentified

Froghopper (Cercopidae) - DSC_6483

West Malaysia: Cercopoidea 6483

Froghopper (Cercopidae) - DSC_6488

West Malaysia: Cercopoidea 6488

Froghopper (Cercopidae) - DSC_4188

West Malaysia: Cercopidae

Froghopper (Cercopidae) - DSC_4180

West Malaysia: Cercopidae

Nymphs

Spittle bug nymph (Cercopoidea) - DSC_2982

Singapore: Cercopoidea

Spittlebugs (Cercopoidea) - DSC_4828

Singapore: Cercopoidea

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6 Comments
  1. Reply

    Dustin Rhoades

    29 April 2020

    Really appreciate the information and colorful post, Nicky. These guys baffle me!

    Take care!

    Regards,
    Dustin

    • Reply

      Nicky Bay

      29 April 2020

      Thanks Dustin! Setting up an entire series of such checklists!

  2. Reply

    Dmitry

    29 April 2020

    Hello. After a book about spiders, is a book about insects planned?

    • Reply

      Nicky Bay

      29 April 2020

      Hi! At the moment no plans for an in-depth book on insects unless I partner with an entomologist. I won’t be able to gather all the information on my own.

  3. Reply

    Curt

    29 April 2020

    This is a very cool way to show your bug pix. How did you make the page and link to your Flickr content?

    • Reply

      Nicky Bay

      29 April 2020

      Thanks Curt! Just have to export for each image in Flickr with HTML code. I did some customisation on my end.

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