There exist a variety of different insects that choose to call trees their home. Some of these bugs are sap-sucking or bark-devouring insect pests that you don’t want to have anything to do with. Then there are others that are just too interesting to ignore. One such tree-dwelling bug that has been of interest to scientists for many years is the Charophytes vicina, or the “CV” for short.
The CV is just one of the ten species that comprises the group of insects known as spittlebugs. This insect used to be considered a part of the Machaerotidae family. Now the strange insect is considered to be a part of the Clastopteridae family, which is a notable group to be a part of.
The species in this group are only a centimeter in length, and they are good jumpers, which is probably so that they can jump from tree limb to tree limb. These little bugs feed by piercing the stems of plants in order to access the plant’s nectar. Other than these basic facts, scientists still don’t know much about these sap-eating bugs. Except for that the nymphs live in cone-like structures located on the plants. These cone-like shelters are apparently made with the nectar, but mostly insect secretions, which often contain nectar of course. Eventually the nymphs little cone-shelter will become too big as a result of an uninterrupted period of time when the nymphs packed on secretions it its new cone-home.
The Museum Art Gallery holds ten specimens that belong to the same family at the above-described insect. Many of the museums specimens include several from the Northwest territories, as well as one potentially undescribed species. So now you can see the unique insects for yourself.
Have you ever heard of the types of insects mentioned above?