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Spittlebug immature - Clastoptera

Spittlebug immature - Clastoptera
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego County, California, USA
March 3, 1994
This spittlebug was in a mass of spittle on Desert Trumpet (Eriogonum inflatum) in Hoberg Canyon in very early apring. This is unusual, because almost all the spittle we see is on flower heads of Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa. Is there any chance this nymph could be an Aphrophora species? In Powell and Hogue's California Insects is a photo of a nymph partially concealed in spittle that seems to be the same coloration. Any help is much appreciated!

Moved from Spittlebugs.

Your link does look very similar. Thanks for pointing it out. I wish my photo were sharper. It's a big enlargement.

Moved from ID Request.

Clastoptera looks like a possibility as well:

Dr. Hamilton will be able to say for sure.

The upturned tip of the nymphal abdomen and the very tiny bubbles are characteristic of this genus.

Thanks so much for the ID and the information. These spittlebugs on Brittlebush are very common in early spring. Surprising I've never seen an adult.

There is a real similarity. Thanks for pointing this out.

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