Prosapia bicincta

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Prosapia bicincta
Prosapia bicincta Kaldari.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Auchenorrhyncha
Family: Cercopidae
Genus: Prosapia
P. bicincta
Binomial name
Prosapia bicincta
(Say, 1830)

Prosapia bicincta, the two-lined spittlebug, is a species of insect in the family Cercopidae. Adults are black with two red or orange lines crossing the wings. It reaches a length of 8–10 mm. It is widespread in the eastern half of the United States.[1] A similar but possibly distinct species can be found throughout Central America where it is considered an agricultural pest.[2]

Pinned Prosapia bicincta, collected in Milledgeville, Ga

Nymphs feed on various grasses (including centipedegrass, bermudagrass and corn) from within foam (consisting of their own spittle) produced from juices of their host plant.[1] Adults feed on the leaves of both native and introduced species of holly, as well as on the leaves of the eastern redbud tree. It is a pest of forage grasses and turf grasses such as those grown for lawns and its consumption of these plants causes economic damage throughout the southeastern United States.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Species Prosapia bicincta - Two-lined Spittlebug". BugGuide.Net. Retrieved 2011-08-29.
  2. ^ Peck, Daniel C. (1998-07-01). "Natural history of the spittlebug Prosapia nr. bicincta (Homoptera: Cercopidae) in association with dairy pastures of Costa Rica". Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 91 (4): 435–444. doi:10.1093/aesa/91.4.435.
  3. ^ Peck, Daniel C. (December 1998). "Use of alternative food plants exclusively by adult male froghoppers (Homoptera: Cercopidae)". Biotropica. 30 (4): 639–644. doi:10.1111/j.1744-7429.1998.tb00103.x. S2CID 84226555.