No, this is not what it looks like.
What this frothy little mass is is a home for a bug – a true bug – named froghopper or spittlebug. Froghoppers are small, brown insects. Their larvae are more commonly seen coated in a mass of froth – or cuckoo spit – on plant stems, as this one in my yard. This froth protects the larva from predators as it feeds on young leaves and shoots, and it also stops it from drying out.
But when they emerge, they are, according to National Geographic News, the “World’s Greatest Leaper.”
‘It has more jumping prowess than fleas, out hops the springiest grasshoppers, and clears the high bar more quickly than bush crickets…It is a mere 0.2 inches long, but employs a novel catapult mechanism to launch itself upwards of 28 inches into the