Foam like eggs on weigela Florida

Asked May 18, 2018, 1:40 PM EDT

Foam like eggs were on a Weigela Florida that I recently purchased. I am wondering what they are, and if it is From a beneficial insects perhaps? Thank you and I look forward to your advice.

Marion County Oregon

1 Response

The foam on the stem is produced by a spittle bug nymph (youngster). As adults, they are called froghoppers.

Spittlebugs are pests which seldom cause serious damage to plants. They feed while underneath the foam. Their feeding activities may cause the flower stem of lavender to topple.

To get rid of the foam, wipe it off with tissue, or use a forceful water spray from the hose.

Enjoy your weigela. they are stunning when in full bloom.