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Mmm...interesting.

Froghoppers are from the group Hemiptera and are best known for their nymph stage which pierces plants and sucks the sap, the filtered fluids producing a froth. It has an acrid taste, deterring predators. They are commonly known as spittlebugs and their froth as cuckoo spit, frog spit or snake spit.

The froth hides the nymph from predators, insulates it against heat and cold and prevents the insect from drying up. Some species can jump up to 70 cm vertically, experiencing over 400g’s of acceleration - a more impressive performance relative to body weight than fleas.

Folklore has it that the spit cures warts.