As adults, spittlebugs leave their protective, foamy (spit-like) mass behind and continue their diet of plant sap out in the open. Now exposed, this species relies on looking like bird droppings to escape the notice of predators. Disturb the “dropping” and it will readily fly or jump. This species is reportedly attracted to light and is quite common in western states. As their name suggests, adults are associated with Douglas Fir, and nymphs feed on nearby plants.
Size: Around 10 mm
Photo by: Glenn Marangelo on 9/7/21 in Missoula, MT