1 EAGLETON NOTES: Common Froghopper

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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Common Froghopper

So much for my intention to post every day this week.  Tomorrow my niece and her husband from Exeter arrive for a long weekend.  They haven't been up to Lewis before so I'm really looking forward to their company and to showing them around.  I'm hoping that we may see some eagles and perhaps a peregrine if we are really lucky.  There will be plenty of insects life for Helen to admire though.  At the moment there is an abundance of tiny Common Froghoppers.  They are only 5 or 6 mm long.  The cuckoo spit that is often seen on plants contains the larval stage of this little insect.




12 comments:

  1. Nothing like pictures of saliva to cheer my day. At least I hope it is saliva...
    Have a lovely weekend :)

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    1. Fiona I think that it's frothed-up plant sap exuded by the nymphs which I believe are commonly known as spittlebugs.

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  2. Let us hope the rain stops.

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    1. It's 8am and the rain is just starting here at Eagleton Adrian. It's got 11 hours to blow over until 'till they arrive.

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  3. I can very well imagine how you'll enjoy having your niece and her husband visiting and show them around! Hopefully, the weather will be favourable for some egale sightings and other activities.

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    1. Yes, Meike, I'm really looking forward to it. It's always enjoyable and exciting showing people around the Island which I love so much.

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    2. I've told them you'll probsbly do Callanish but how you'll find it without too msny people crawling over it I haven't a clue. {Perhaps Callanish II and II will be quieter.)
      When you are all in the Woodlands you must text me and see if you can send me a photo of a florentine!

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    3. Last time I was at Callanish II, CJ, it was quite busy but I think if we do the main Stones earlyish morning or evening it should be quiet. I'll do my best with the florentine picture. Yesterday Pat and i had lunch there and it was absolutely stowed out with people.

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  4. I hope you'll all get a wonderful weekend together. Nature lovers as they are I'm sure there must be lots for them to explore :)

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    1. Thanks Monica. You are right: there is lots and lots for them to explore.

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  5. When you say cuckoo spit, you really meant spit....by golly.
    Wishing you and your guests the best weekend ever!

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    1. Yes, Virginia, I really did. Thanks for the good wishes - we may need them.

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