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A spectacularly variable species, with many dramatically different colour forms. Several of the most common are shown here, but it can also resemble the larger Aphrophora alni (which lacks the fine hairs of P. spumarius).
Distinguished from Neophilaenus species by the entirely convex outer margin of the forewing, and the vertex plate, which does not have a median keel.
An extremely common species in a wide range of plants across the UK, the larvae are the familiar producers of 'cuckoo-spit' in gardens.
Adult: June to September
Length 5-7 mm
|Adult: Reading, Berkshire (July 2008) ©Jonathan Michaelson
||Adult: Reading, Berkshire (August 2008) ©Jonathan Michaelson
South London (September
|Adult: Reading, Berkshire (June 2008) ©Jonathan Michaelson
||Adult: Lincoln (July 2008) ©Michael E. Talbot
|Adult: (July 2008) ©David O'Shea
|| Nymph, ?Philaenus spumarius: (June 2007) ©Peter Birch