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    Slightly off-track but in the right place for people who take pleasure in the detail of the world around them.
    A good article on Broadcasting House this morning about a survey of spittlebugs designed to help in fighting the invasive disease Xylella fastidiosa which has killed Italy's olive trees.
    It can skip species and presents a threat to our oak trees and a host of other plants in the UK. You can report your observation by visiting this web page -

    Home | Xylem feeding insects

    Except the "Report" link doesn't work, no doubt that will soon be fixed but I used a direct email to Dominic Eyre at DEFRA who's running the show, address here - Dominic.Eyre@defra.gsi.gov.uk.
    Include photo, location - postcode or grid ref - and the common or Latin name of the host plant.

    Still, an interesting page. A bit more about Xyella, you can't help but wonder how messed up our environment can become...

    Scientists call for volunteers to help pre-empt deadly plant disease | Environment | The Guardian

    Bug hunt: Volunteers needed to spot insect's 'spittle' - BBC News

    We have some cuckoo spit on our rosemary, haven't noticed any for years -

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    Saw this on the news this morning db.
    I've seen plenty of so called cuckoo spit but not actually seen the insects that makes it. Surprised as the spittle bug is bright red and black. For some reason I always thought it was leaf hoppers that formed the cuckoo spit.
    What I heard this morning was that the spittle bug spread the disease when going from tree or plant to plant to feed on sap. Help wanted from the public so that scientists can go to areas to test for the disease. So far there are no reported cases in the U.K.
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    I really hope this doesn't arrive, the ash die back's bad enough.
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    Frog spit is what i know that as they are a very common sight in my part of the country around mid summer and always have been?
    Have I got this right in they want them reported?

    Al
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    Quote Originally Posted by speytime View Post
    Frog spit is what i know that as they are a very common sight in my part of the country around mid summer and always have been?
    Have I got this right in they want them reported?

    Al
    Yes, that's it. Photo, location, name of host plant does it.
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    They appear to love lavender? I've 3 areas of lavender in my garden and all 3 have frog/cuckoo spit on them no other plants in my garden have it?
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    Im not sure how to get co,ordinates for reporting them can anyone advise how to get them with my phone?

    Thanks Al

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    I use Grid Reference Finder, very easy.

    I've noticed cuckoo spit on brambles, blackcurrants and sticky willy since the project was announced, we have it on our lavender too.

    I found the report form crashed the other day, not sure if it's up currently.
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    We used to know it as fairy sp*nk when I was at school.
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    I've seen plenty of so called cuckoo spit but not actually seen the insects that makes it. Surprised as the spittle bug is bright red and black.

    A good way to find the little fella is to look in the sp*nk and there it will be found. They blow the bubbles for to hide in you know. Lols


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