What is this white foam on my strawberry plants?
I’ve noticed something at the base of my strawberry plants, which looks like a white foam. Funny, but it also looks like someone spitted on my strawberry! What is this and what should I do to get rid of it? Thank you!
The foam on the plant looks like this:
This is a spittlebug’s foamy mass. Spittlebug is a common insect in strawberries. The nymphs create a foamy mass that they use for protection. The nymphs are inside. They are soft-bodied, elongated, yellow to green in color. Spittlebug nymphs pierce the plant stems and suck plant juices. Spittlebugs are not fatal visitors to strawberry patches. Most experts suggest their presence results in a smaller harvest consisting of smaller berries. If large populations are present, feeding can cause leaves to become distorted and berries stunted.