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- n. Plural form of froghopper.
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A: It is the immature stages of spittlebugs (adults are called froghoppers) that produce the foam.
Spittlebugs -- also known as froghoppers -- use a catapult-like mechanism to achieve their jumping prowess.
Cuckoo-spit—the frothy protection that insect froghoppers secrete around themselves—drips onto me from lather peaks like beaten egg-white that smears the joints of the twigs and branches.
Here, the Bembeces [digger wasps] were sweeping the threshold of their burrows, flinging a curve of dust behind them; the Languedocian Sphex was dragging her Ephippigera [a green grasshopper] by the antennae; a Stizus [a hunting wasp] was storing her preserves of Cicadellae [froghoppers].
There are further parallels with the jumping mechanisms of froghoppers and the design of composite bows used in archery.