There's SNOT or
MUSCUS dripping out of my sunflower!!
The film is under
the flower and on the leaf stems.
If you look close there is a congregation of little somethings
at the tip of the muscus. |
closer observation these insects look like aphids.
Some are BIG!
Some are in groups!!
Some are little and in groups!!
OH, HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!! WE GOT SNOTTY SUNFLOWERS IN SANANTONIO!!!!!!!!!
Mike, we have gotten several calls about snot dripping out of
sunflowers!!! Is this an aphid? I don't think it is spittle bug;
may be snot-tle bug!!!
Jerry, I've never had this issue described in just this colorful
way before, but you are actually close to the official name for
The "spittle bug" (family Cercopidae) provides its
own high humidity environment (and may also protect itself from
enemies) by creating a frothy, slimy mixture of its anal excretions
and a mucilaginous product from special glands on its abdomen.
There are a number of species that feed on specialized host plants.
The most common species, Philaenus spumaria, the two lined spittlebug,
can be a pest of clovers and turfgrass in the southeastern states.
I have not heard of any really economically important spittle
bugs in Texas. The "spit" is fairly long-lasting and
will even survive a heavy rain.