[Leps-l] Megisto cymela sipping spittlebug spit

Wagner, David david.wagner at uconn.edu
Tue Jun 2 00:52:35 EDT 2020

This is outstanding. I had no idea.  It looks like it primarily is going for fluid. And not probing deeply into the spittle to get closer to the nymph.

I wonder if the froth is sugary?  I bet not, otherwise ants would be interested.

Thanks for sharing.


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Just wanted to share another fun video.  I have seen this behavior before.  I wonder if there is any value more than just moisture?


He was quite intent and actually spent several minutes doing this.  He was even interrupted once or twice but came back and to continue his drink.

Jeff Fast


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