Subject: Bugs in Slime
Location: Delaware Ohio
June 7, 2016 6:33 pm
I would like to know if these little things are harmful or helpful. I’m guessing the first…and if so…how do I get rid of them?! They are in my red twig dogwood shrub, hidden in snotty white slime. Yuck. The close up of the bug is on a weed I pulled and used to dig through the snot. The picture of the bush shows the snot with bugs in it.
These free-living Hemipterans are known as Froghoppers or Spittlebugs. The immature nymphs secrete a frothy substance that acts as protection while they are feeding by sucking juices from plants, so they are not considered beneficial insects.