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Turfgrass and Insects

Crop Society of America photo


This insect feeds on clover, legumes and ornamentals, but it is rarely a problem in turf. When the spittlebug becomes plentiful in turf, the grass is generally competing with an unlimited supply of weeds and clover. The tiny, pink to yellow-green nymph is seldom seen but causes widespread damage. It attaches itself to vegetation and encloses its body in a mass of white foam or "spittle." It drains the fluid from the plant and remains hidden in the spittle until fully grown. Applications should be made in July with the second generation.


Wild thing

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