Common name for
insects of the superfamily
Cercopoidea, that belong the order Hemiptera, a group known as
Hemipteran insects, that also encompasses
aphids, planthoppers, leafhoppers, jumping
shield bugs, and others.
Froghoppers are not just related
to cicadas (fig.),
but also physically resemble them, though froghoppers are usually more
colourful and have opaque wings, whereas those of cicadas are
These insects are also commonly known as spittlebugs, because in their
nymph stage, they produce a cover of frothed-up plant sap, which
resembles spit, and is generally referred to as frog spit, snake spit,
or cuckoo spit (fig.).
hides the nymph from the view of predators and
insulates it against the daytime heat, whilst also providing sufficient
moisture, in order to prevent that the nymph would dry up. To produce
this froth, the nymph pierces its host plant and sucks up its sap. The
fluids are then filtered and frothed-up to create the foam nest. The
acrid taste of the frothed-up plant sap deters predators.
In Thai, this insect is known as
phlia kradohd kob (แมลงเพลี้ยกระโดดกบ),
jumping aphid insect’. See also