Cercopoidea Checklist: Froghoppers
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.
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
Genus: Plinia Stål, 1866
Genus: Ptyelinellus Lallemand, 1946
Genus: Ptyelus Le Peletier & Serville, 1825
Family: Cercopidae Leach, 1815
Genus: Amberana Distant, 1908
Genus: Callitettix Stål, 1865
Genus: Considia Stål, 1865
Genus: Leptataspis Schmidt, 1910
Genus: Opistharsostethus Schmidt, 1911
West Malaysia: Opistharsostethus cf. globosicollis Schmidt, 1911
* Posterior internal pair of spots shows slight variation