I really enjoy identifying the bugs I rescue from the pool, and I always turn to your site first. You’ve done a great job. Here’s one I can’t seem to find anywhere. They are generally about 1/4" long with two yellow horizontal stripes crossing their wings. I’ve seen them jump/fly short distances when I take them out of the pool. I think they may be the same bugs that scatter when I cut areas of high grass in my yard. A friend tells me that they bite or sting, but I’ve not had a problem. They just don’t swim very well! Thanks for your time and keep up the good work.
Thank you for the nice letter, and also your kind behavior to hapless victims that stumble or fly into your pool. Your photo, size and description suggest that you have a species of Froghopper, Family Cercopidae, but not one I am familiar with. They are related to Spittlebugs and are small hopping insects, rarely over 1/2 inch in length. They sometimes resemble tiny frogs in shape. Some have a characteristic color pattern. They feed on shrubs and herbaceous plants. Nymphs form a spittle which is a fluid voided from the anus. Air bubbles are introduced creating the frothy appearance. The insects have sucking mouthparts, and I have heard reports of people being bitten. The bite is not dangerous, just an annoyance.