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Cuckoo Spit

Cuckoo Spit

As spring is approaching, I notice again the appearance of “cuckoo spit” on some of our plants (in particular the leaves of a ngaio bush). The frothy lather is the work of the nymphs of froghoppers. Several years ago I decided to have a closer look, using reversed lenses. In this picture we look onto a nymph (a few millimetres long) and the bubbles it created around itself (to retain moisture and to protect against predators). In the last picture one sees the proboscis, used to extract copious quantities of sap from the leaf below; the sap is then pumped out at the other end in the form of bubbles. Fascinating to watch if you make time for it.

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

Cuckoo Spit

Cuckoo Spit

Spittlebug Nymph

Spittlebug Nymph


  1. Dragonstar

    Wow! Great photos! I love the gem-like bubbles in the first one.

  2. Karen

    That is impressive! Fascinating to look at!

  3. William Kendall

    Terrific shots! I don’t think I’ve heard of similar things done in this part of the world.

  4. Amy

    oooh very cool photos!

  5. LonettA

    Absolutely brilliant photos!

  6. Birgitta

    Fantastic photos!!!

  7. NatureFootstep Photo

    a scientific article. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cool stuff!

  8. Monica

    Wow,- very interesting post, and terrific shot of the bubbles!

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