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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Spittlebugs in Bloom

There's been an autumn bloom of spittlebugs on the aromatic grey leafed plants: artemisia, lavendar, rosemary. This morning I noticed the adult bugs have emerged from their wads and the branches were dotted with tiny brownish bugs. When you disturb them they jump away with a snap. I found a pair of shed exoskeletons, too. Apparently the mature nymphs crawl out of the spittle wad, attach to the substrate, and undergo the final molt.

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