Nymph - "Dribbles"
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||True Bugs (Hemiptera)|
|Family:||True Spittlebug (Cercopoidea, Cercopidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Brown Spittlebug (Bathyllus albicinctus)|
|This Photo:||🔍Nymph exposed🔎|
Thank you Dr Francesco Martoni for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Adults ~6mm long.
They make a froth (akin to a frog nest pontoon) in plants for their young to hide in while they suck juices from the plant, as can be seen here.
As far as we know this is the only species of true spittlebug in SA.
We confused the nymph with a Cicada; at least they are related.
Newly emerged speciemens can be very pale. Additionally Les Day said "B. albicinctus does appear to be variable in colouring."