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Taken at night in Singapore.

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The froghoppers, or the superfamily Cercopoidea, are a group of Hemipteran insects, in the suborder Auchenorrhyncha. These families are best known for the nymph stage, which produces a cover of frothed-up plant sap resembling spit; the nymphs are therefore commonly known as spittlebugs and their froth as cuckoo spit, frog spit or snake spit. The final family in the group, Machaerotidae, is known as the tube spittlebugs because the nymphs live in calcareous tubes, rather than producing froth as in the other families.

The froth serves a number of purposes. It hides the nymph from the view of predators and parasites, it insulates against heat and cold, thus providing thermal control and also moisture control. Without the froth the insect would quickly dry up. The nymphs pierce plants and suck sap causing very little damage, much of the filtered fluids go into the production of the froth, which has an acrid taste, deterring predators. A few species are serious agricultural pests.

Adult froghoppers jump from plant to plant; some species can jump up to 70 cm vertically: a more impressive performance relative to body weight than fleas. The froghopper can accelerate at 4,000 m/s2 over 2mm as it jumps (experiencing over 400 gs of acceleration).[citation needed] Spittlebugs can jump 100 times their length. Many species resemble leafhoppers, but can be distinguished by the possession of only a few stout spines on the hind tibia, where leafhoppers have a series of small spines. Members of the family Machaerotidae greatly resemble treehoppers, due to a large thoracic spine, but the spine in machaerotids is an enlargement of the scutellum, where treehoppers have the pronotum enlarged. Members of the family Clastopteridae have their wings modified to form false heads at the tail end, an anti-predator adaptation. Many adult Cercopidae can bleed reflexively from their tarsi, and the hemolymph appears to be distasteful; they are often aposematically colored.
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KissSatsuki Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
so cute
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maryjayne530 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very cool
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alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Amazing shot!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you! :)
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pieusagi Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing picture!!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you! :)
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pieusagi Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!!!(^∇^)
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ScaledOne Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent information and beautiful photo. Funny thing, i didn't thought about "spit" when seeing it but more to a bug enjoying a hot tub ^^
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you! :)
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OnionBananaJuice Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Absolutely beautiful

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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you! :)
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cool, love this one!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you! :)
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GraphiteOnPaper Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I've seen lots of the froths around here.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
:)
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Kalhiki Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist
Now that's a bubble bath. =P
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you! :)
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IceManDBB Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Uhh, looks slick.:D (Big Grin) 
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you! :)
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EssiHuusko Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
A gorgeous photo! You have an astonishing gallery!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you! :)
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Thank you! :)
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You're welcome. :D
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