It is currently Fri Sep 30, 2016 2:20 pm

All times are UTC - 6 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 2 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Spearmint
PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2004 11:12 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun May 23, 2004 11:02 am
Posts: 1
What is the stuff on spearmint that looks like spit? Is it made by an insect or is it a sign of disease, or is it something normal? My fourth grade students (and I) would like to know.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2004 8:59 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue May 20, 2003 4:33 pm
Posts: 526
Location: parker county, texas
The "spit" looking stuff is formed by the spittlebug or froghopper. They are generally pretty harmless and don't usually cause damage in the garden. They mostly like legume forage crops and some of the winter grasses in my experience. The bug is about 1/4 inch in length, is usually brownish in color, lighter yellow or green in the nymph stage. They form this foamy stuff around them while they are feeding, or at least that's what I've read. They look similar to leaf hoppers, but they have bulging eyes on the sides of their head.
When I was a kid, someone told me that it was "snake spit", and it scared me to death every time I would see this spit in the grass, lol.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 2 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 6 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by eWeblife