Definition of Spittle insect
1. Noun. Small leaping herbivorous insect that lives in a mass of protective froth which it and its larvae secrete.
Generic synonyms: Homopteran, Homopterous Insect
Group relationships: Cercopidae, Family Cercopidae
Specialized synonyms: Froghopper, Meadow Spittlebug, Philaenus Spumarius, Pine Spittlebug, Aphrophora Saratogensis, Saratoga Spittlebug
Lexicographical Neighbors of Spittle Insect
Literary usage of Spittle insect
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Annual Report of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the by Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories (U.S.), United States General Land Office, United States Dept. of the Interior (1877)
"The seeds are sometimes bited by minute weevils, while r, when stacked or even housed, Flo. n.-SPittle "insect, a, larva, en- metimes injured by the ..."
2. Report by Oklahoma Adjutant-general's office (1859)
"Another spittle insect which I discovered common upon the pitch pines on the sand plains of Saratoga, and described in my Catalogue of ..."
3. Report of the Secretary for Agriculture by United States Dept. of Agriculture (1877)
"... insect is also known as the frog or cuckoo spittle- insect, as its larva lives in a kind of foam or froth formed on varions plants, shrubs, ..."
4. Entomology for Beginners for the Use of Young Folks, Fruit-growers, Farmers by Alpheus Spring Packard (1888)
"A large group of insects of medium or small size, living in grass and on leaves; with a large broad thorax. "Frog's spittle" insect ..."
5. What comes from what, or, The relationships of animals and plants by Charles L. Abbott (1922)
"The spittle insect lays its eggs in a white foamy substance which it deposits on plants. Tree hoppers are the most grotesque of all insects, ..."