Cercopidae - Spittlebugs:
Spittlebugs are responsible for the balls of gooey 'spit' that can be seen on the stems of plants in the spring and summer months. In the middle of theses spit masses are one or more small nymphs (a juvenile bug) bubbling fluid out of its anus. This 'spittle' protects the spittlebug from parasites, predators, and the elements. Adult spittlebugs are easily recognized by their diamond-like shape, and distinguished from other hoppers by a ring of bristles around the tip of their hind leg (tibia).
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