Today though, with the wonders of the internet and knowledgeable National Trust staff I know it to be produced by the intriguingly named 'Frog Hoppers', or rather their nymph stage. These young insects suck the sap of the plants they are on and exude the froth to both stop themselves from drying out and to protect them from predators, such as ants. Where do they exude it from? Let's just say it's not their mouths ....
|He's in there somewhere ....|
The g-force generated by this is around 400, compared to about 5 for a human astronaut going into space - that'd make your head spin ....
Enough about tiny insects. They're interesting, but they're not cute. Our red squirrels, which we mentioned in a recent post, certainly are though. We recently managed to capture this short video of one making off with one of the monkey nuts from our feeder and being surprised by our camera. You can see it here:
If you can't see the video here then click the link below to go see it onYou Tube.
By Rob Clarke, Community Ranger