SJ8955 : Cuckoo spit on grass

near to Brown Edge, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Cuckoo spit on grass
Cuckoo spit on grass
The frothy cuckoo spit is produced by a small insect called a Froghopper while it is feeding. When it is at the nymph stage it will feed head downwards with its syringe-like mouthparts embedded in the tissue of the plant. The froth is created by the insect excreting a fluid that is made up of excess undigested plant sap and produced from the anus. This sap, as it is excreted, mixes with a secretion from the abdominal glands and air bubbles are introduced from a special valve on the abdomen which acts like a bellows, and then contact with the air causes the liquid to ferment, forming the froth (or spittle). The name cuckoo-spit is said to have derived from the appearance of the spittle on plants which coincided with the first call of the cuckoo in spring.
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Thursday, 9 June, 2011   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 12 June, 2011
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Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms  Woodland, Forest 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 897 554 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:5.7909N 2:9.2356W
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