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Well I was reading my Bugs Britannica over breakfast this morning (as one does, lol) and opened it at random, because there is always something fascinating wherever it opens. Today it opened at Froghoppers. I had always thought “cuckoo spit” contained a young shieldbug so apologies to anyone I said this to. But how do they make the froth? The book says
“The grub sucks up plant sap, much of which passes through its little body and out again under pressure. The bug blows a little air into the sticky sap and it bubbles up like bath foam…The idea of an animal building itself a shelter by farting into its food never fails to entertain budding young naturalists.”

Some amazing things on in the garden under our very noses….

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That's topical Stera, as our daughter came over on Wednesday evening for a 'socially distant' visit and we sat 2 metres apart in the front garden. She noticed the Lavender and Rosemary were full of Cuckoo spit and remembered taking some to school as a 'show and tell' nature item. We both it fascinating ... then and now!

29 May, 2020

 

Yuck lol :D … and after all that they get zapped !

29 May, 2020

 

That info. has cheered up my day, thanks for sharing. We have froth all over our lavender too - shan't look at it in the same way ever again!

29 May, 2020

 

Liked the humour in your blog, Sue! Very interesting too, I did wonder myself where and how it was produced! Never thought to do some research! :-)

29 May, 2020

 

Loved this blog Stera. I remember telling the girls that if they made bubbles in the bath I would put them out in the garden with the frog hoppers. They were 9 and 4 at the time. They then spent the following couple of days looking for them.

29 May, 2020

 

Lol Sbg. I hope they didn't make the bubbles the same way as the froghoppers?? Though come to think of it distant memories...lol.

Glad you all enjoyed it! Hywel I would never zap them!! I'm not very good at killing things. Sometimes I look at something little, like a very small fly, and think goodness it has a stomach, little eyes, little intestines, tiny feet - even tiny things are small miracles. (Except slugs and leeches...)

30 May, 2020

 

The idea of reading Bugs Britannica over breakfast appealed, so I looked it up! Is it as informative as it suggests, or just another common bug book - I fancy something with a bit more depth? Children love all the yucky stuff and then turn into right prudes when it comes to bodily functions, before turning back to normal - or what passes for normal these days.

30 May, 2020

 

I wouldn't call it a common bug book at all- its £35 for a start, and I reckon its value for money. It manages to combine facts with readability and superb photos. Its not a book for identifying insects though. Just flicking through it at random I opened it at a half page closeup of a horse fly, showing its huge green eyes and what the book calls "biting gear".Another random page has a full page photo of a cockchafer face on and it makes you thankful they aren't any bigger... I would say at a guess that there is about two thirds very informative text to one third photos. Its a companion volume to Flora Britannica and Birds Britannica (all past prezzies, lucky me!) Not really a book for most children though unless they are exceptional!
Go on,treat yourself!

30 May, 2020

 

Well!! I can’t stop laughing.. wonderful. Thanks for the info and mostly for cheering me up...:o)

7 Jun, 2020

 

And that cheers me up in turn! "There are more things in our gardens Horatio than are dreamed of in our philosophy" (with apologies to Shakespeare...)
Few things are a cheering as making somebody laugh...

7 Jun, 2020

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