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Species Aphrophora saratogensis - Saratoga Spittlebug

Spittlebug- scientific name - Aphrophora saratogensis Spittlebug - Aphrophora saratogensis Aphrophora saratogensis Planthopper  - Aphrophora saratogensis hopper - Aphrophora saratogensis Aphrophora? - Aphrophora saratogensis ID Request (Spittlebug?) - Aphrophora saratogensis Aphrophora saratogensis
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Auchenorrhyncha (True Hoppers)
Infraorder Cicadomorpha
Superfamily Cercopoidea (Spittlebugs)
Family Aphrophoridae (Typical Spittlebugs)
Tribe Aphrophorini
Genus Aphrophora
No Taxon (Subgenus Plesiommata)
Species saratogensis (Saratoga Spittlebug)
Explanation of Names
Aphrophora saratogensis (Fitch 1851)
♂ 7.9-10.8 mm, ♀ 9.0-11.2 mm(1)
e. NA + BC-CA(2)
Nymphs feed at/below ground level on lower stems of Sweet-fern (Comptonia peregrina), but will also feed on many other hosts, including broadleaved herbaceous plants, bushes, and tree seedlings; adults prefer Red pine (Pinus resinosa) and Jack pine (P. banksiana) but also feed on Eastern white pine (P. strobus) and Pitch pine (P. rigida) and may cause dieback and may eventually kill the tree(1)
Recently reported on hemlocks weakened by Adelges tsugae (Fred Hilton's comment)
Plantation grown trees are often more vulnerable than naturally grown ones.
Internet References
Fact sheet (Wilson 1978)(3)