Ever pass by a pine tree and think that someone has just spit into the foliage? Well, unless you have unruly neighbors, it is probably just an insect called the spittlebug. In its immature form, small, green, soft-bodied creatures cluster together in leaves and stems. To protect themselves, they exude a mass of bubbles all around them.

The adult, which is rarely seen, and the nymphs both feed by sucking juices from the plant. Spittlebugs are most notable in the spring when the young nymphs are freshly growing.

Spittlebugs do no real damage to ornamental plants so there is no control necessary.

Note: We have provided some general information and observations on this topic aimed at the home gardener. Before you take any serious action in your landscape, check with your state's land grant university's Cooperative Extension Service for the most current, appropriate, localized recommendations.


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