Prosapia bicincta

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Prosapia bicincta
Prosapia bicincta Kaldari.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
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]

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.