Explanation of Names
Philaenus spumarius (Linnaeus 1758)
spumarius = 'frothy'
Comes in many different color patterns:
According to Dr. Andy Hamilton: If it's a spittlebug, and
(1) it's either entirely black (but not as round as Prosapia
(2) it has two tiny black spots at the tip of the head
...then it's a meadow spittlebug adult. Raised veins in the wings are also distinctive.
Nymphs are green with black antennae.
native to, and widespread across the Palaearctic, adventive and widespread in NA (much of the US except sw. areas, most common in the northeast and Pacific Northwest)(2)(3)
infests >400 plant species, may damage alfalfa, red clover, wheat, oats, corn, and strawberries
earliest NA record: NF ca. 1000(4)