NT2470 : Froghopper nymph - ventral view

taken 9 months ago, near to Morningside, Edinburgh, Great Britain

Froghopper nymph - ventral view
Froghopper nymph - ventral view
The piercing mouth part, the dark line along the centre between the legs, is 1mm long, and works like a hypodermic syringe to pierce the xylem cells of the plant - these take fluid from roots to the top of the plant. They are true bugs [Hemiptera], in the entomological sense of the term. The 'cuckoo spit' bubbles are created by the nymphs, and protects them from predators and from drying out. Aphids are also true bugs and feed on plants in the same way.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 11 June, 2020   (more nearby)
Thursday, 11 June, 2020
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Suburb, Urban fringe  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Insect (from Tags)
Philaenus  Hemiptera  Froghopper 
Place (from Tags)
Edinburgh  Morningside 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 2436 7012 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:55.0918N 3:12.7094W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 2436 7012
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