Aphrophora quadrinotata

Aphrophorine Spittlebug

Aphrophora quadrinotata, Spittlebug, dorsal image

Family: Aphrophoridae

Subfamily: None defined in Aphrophoridae

Length: typically 6.5-7.5 mm


As in other members of this family, the newly emerged nymphs of Aphrophora quadrinotata produce a mass "spittle" on the plant stem, soon after hatching.

There are several theories on the function of the bubble mass. It may be chiefly a way of hiding the nymphs from predators, it may function to prevent the nymphs drying out, it may offer protection from fungal pathogens, or may play a role in regulating the pressure of the nymphs bodily fluids.

Aphrophora quadrinotata, Spittlebug, lateral of head and thorax



The numbers of Aphrophora quadrinotata in West Virginia seem to peak in July, but the species may still be active in September, and possibly later.


Aphrophora quadrinotata, Spittlebug, lateral image


Right: Lateral view of Aphrophora quadrinotata. Note the interesting pattern in the eyes.

Insects of West Virginia