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Jun 3, 2018 1:30 PM CST
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Hi everyone,

I noticed a strange white, foamy substance on my black-eyed Susan. Does anyone know what it is and whether I should do something about it or just let it be?

Thanks.

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Jun 3, 2018 1:35 PM CST
UK
Cuckoo spit? I've just been fumbling with my rosemary shrub and it's got lots in it, a bit less now that some of it got on me Sad
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Jun 3, 2018 1:36 PM CST
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
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It's some kind of insect but that is all I know about it. Not sure if it is friend or foe. Someone will come along and help.

Oh I wasn't paying attention to who I was talking to. You know more than I do lol.

Rolling on the floor laughing

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Jun 3, 2018 1:39 PM CST
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Starfishmomma said:Cuckoo spit? I've just been fumbling with my rosemary shrub and it's got lots in it, a bit less now that some of it got on me :(


What? As in cuckoo bird?
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Jun 3, 2018 1:43 PM CST
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Oh, so maybe I have froghopper nymphs? I just read something that says you can just wash it off with a hose. And that they don't really harm the plants, does this sound right?
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Jun 3, 2018 1:49 PM CST
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
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I remembered them called spittlebugs and it also said froghoppers. So you are right. It says the young eat on the plants.

I just googled it lol.

😀

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Jun 3, 2018 1:49 PM CST
Name: Karen
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Maybe you have spittle bugs.
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Jun 3, 2018 1:53 PM CST
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I've always know it to be harmless, but things may be different elsewhere (different climate, plantsianother version of the insect, etc), it should be fairly easy to squirt off with some water - it wipes of quite easily too.
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Jun 3, 2018 2:30 PM CST
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plantmanager said:Maybe you have spittle bugs.
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Karen, that's it! And a very good article too. Thank You!

And thank you everyone else too. Mystery solved! Very much appreciated. I do love this group!
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Jun 4, 2018 10:04 PM CST
Name: Rick R.
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There is usually only one spittle bug in each mass of spittle. The green bugs are large enough to feel for between your fingers withing the spittle and thus easy to squish. I don't think dislodging them with a water spray would keep them from coming back (like it does with aphids).

@Starfishmomma , I'd still like to know about "cuckoo spit".
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Jun 4, 2018 10:06 PM CST
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It's called cuckoo spit here in the UK. As far as I know it's harmless.
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Jun 5, 2018 5:30 AM CST
Name: Sue
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Yes, I remember the froth being called cuckoo spit when I lived in the UK. It's the same thing, though, with a bug inside it.
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Jun 5, 2018 11:53 AM CST
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According to https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/...,
"Cuckoo spit begins to appear in late spring at a time when the familiar call of cuckoos can be heard, but otherwise has no connection with the bird."
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