Ron Wilson

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Hey Buggy Joe!! - What is that? - Spittlebug

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When we think “spittlebug,” images of the frothy masses produced by the Pine Spittlebug (Aphrophora cribrata) on various conifers, or the Meadow Spittlebug (Philaenus spumarius) on over 400 species of plants, may come to mind.  However, I recently came across dogwoods growing along a trail in southwest Ohio that were festooned with the frothy, spittle-like masses produced by the Dogwood Spittlebug (Clastoptera proteus); a reminder that there are at least 23 different species of spittlebugs (family Aphrophoridae) in North America.



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