Spittlebug reporting for spittle and nymphs (juvenile bugs)


This survey focuses on all froghopper (spittlebug) species that feed on plant xylem fluid, and that may become important vectors of Xylella disease in plants, should the Xylella bacterium arrive in the UK. The results will be used to map the distribution of these insects and the plants they feed on to better understand how Xylella might enter and spread in the UK. The survey is part of the BRIGIT project. By completing this survey you are giving permission for us to store and use your data for this purpose for the duration of the BRIGIT project.

Please note that spittlebugs do not cause significant damage to plants and do not transmit any other important plant diseases. As far as we know, the Xylella bacterium is not present in the UKThere is therefore no need to remove the bugs or to treat the plant. The spittle will disappear by about the end of June when spittlebug nymphs moult into adult insects.
More information can be found on the survey website.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance: Current Government advice recommends staying indoors unless absolutely necessary and avoiding contact with anyone other than those you live with. We therefore strongly advise that you only record spittlebug sightings in your garden at this present time.
Please do not make any journeys away from your home in order to undertake recording activities.

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* 1. If possible, please upload a photograph of the spittle or nymph, clearly showing the plant you found it on. This will help us enormously in confirming your sighting.
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* 2. Photograph 2 (if applicable)

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* 3. When did you see the spittle or nymph / juvenile bug?

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* 4. Where did you see the spittle or nymph / juvenile bug? (postcode or  grid reference please)

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* 5. Which type of spittlebug did you see? See the survey website for help in identifying nymph species from spittle.

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* 6. Broadly speaking, what type of plant did you see the insect or spittle on?

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* 7. More specifically, what species of plant was the spittle or insect on? (Type "Unknown" for Plant 1 if you do not know what the plant was)

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* 8. What type of habitat did you see the spittle or nymph in?

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* 9. Please let us know if you have any further comments

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