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    Posted: 06 Dec 2013 at 10:55am
Spittlebugs or Froghopper, in Marathi also known as Thunki kida
Prosapia bicincta

Spittlebug, common name for members of a family of plant-feeding insects, the nymphs of which cover themselves with a protective frothy material that looks like human spittle. Spittlebugs, like their relatives the aphids and cicadas, suck plant juices with their needlelike mouthparts. Although the bugs' feeding can distort or stunt herbaceous plants, they are generally harmless. Nymphs and their spittle can be washed off of plants with a forceful stream of water.

 These families are best known for the nymph stage, which produces a cover of frothed-up plant sap resembling spit; the nymphs are therefore commonly known as spittlebugs and their froth as cuckoo spitfrog spit or snake spit.
The froth serves a number of purposes. It hides the nymph from the view of predators and parasites, it insulates against heat and cold, thus providing thermal control and also moisture control. Without the froth the insect would quickly dry up. The nymphs pierce plants and suck sap causing very little damage, much of the filtered fluids go into the production of the froth, which has an acrid taste, deterring predators. A few species are serious agricultural pests.


The adult bug looks something like this (image taken from Google)

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प्रणोती,
मस्त माहिती लिहिली आहेस. हा किटक आपल्याकडे कोकणात आढळतो का? बर्‍याचवेळा छोट्या झुडूपांच्य देठ आणि फांदीच्या मध्ये असा गोळा पाहीला आहे. माझ्याकडे फोटो पण आहेत. नंतर पाठवतो.
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Thanks for replying.
Yes Dada Samant, This bug is seen even in Konkan as well... It is widely distributed.... Wherever we see spitting like object, its that bug family. First 2 photos i have taken in Murbad.

About photos, Yes i will take care next time. Still need to familiarize with this. 


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Mastch Pranoti Great Efforts and you have written it very nicely. Thumbs Up
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