probably a spittlebug, cercopidae, from Kitale, Kenya. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed on foliage of Duranta, but probably not the true host plant. Kitale, Kenya, April 2013.

A mass of frothy bubbles hides developing nymphs (immatures) of spittlebugs. But this adult is apparently not in need of being concealed nor inconspicuous. The aposomatic colors suggest that it is armed with some defensive chemical capable of repelling an insectivorous bird. This adult is capable of jumping and flying away if need be.

Cercopidae -- Spittlebug Family

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Kenya Natural History

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