Caught in the Spit

This moth seems to have been trapped in the sticky bubbles released by a spittlebug, although it is possible it was killed and eaten by something else.  Spittlebugs drink the sap of plants, and are not considered to be predators.

I tried to separate the creature–the spittlebug nymph–from its protective nest of bubbles.  The bubbles ended up in several different locations, and the nymph went with one that landed on a leaf.


About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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