Survey of Xylem-feeding Insects

Help us find froghoppers, spot spittlebugs and look for leafhoppers!

This is the recording form for the Survey of Xylem-feeding Insects

The survey focuses on all froghopper (spittlebug) species and certain larger species of leafhopper that feed on plant xylem fluid, and that may become important vectors of Xylella disease in plants. The results will be used to map the distribution of these insects to understand better how Xylella might enter and spread in the UK. The survey is part of the BRIGIT project coordinated by the John Innes Centre.

Further information on how to carry out the survey can be found on the survey website.

Please note that the spittlebugs do not cause significant damage to plants and do not transmit any other important plant diseases. There is no need to remove them or to treat the plant. The spittle will disappear by about the end of June when spittlebugs moult into adult insects.

This record is being submitted to iRecord. If you have an iRecord account, please log in so that this sighting appears in your records. If you are not already registered with iRecord we highly recommend to register so that you can view your previous records and use all the site’s facilities. However, you can continue without registering by providing your details below. We ask for these in case we need to contact you when verifying your sighting. They will not be used for any other purpose.
Personal details

Please provide your first name

Please provide your surname


Please provide your email. This will only be used to contact you if we require further information to verify the record.

Your survey details:

Please add your name, if it is not already shown, using the format "Surname, First name"


Select the date of your survey.


Please estimate how many square metres your search covered


Type in the name (scientific or English name) of the plant on which you found your leafhoppers or froghoppers. If you cannot find the plant you want please type "Other" and add details below.


If you have chosen "Other" in the above plant list please add further details here, otherwise leave blank.

Please list each leafhopper and froghopper you found. If at all possible add a photo of each species recorded. For a guide to identifying the insects see the survey website. (Note that this form focuses on just the species included in the survey - to record other wildlife use the main iRecord forms via the "Record" menu, above.)
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Use * as a wildcard when searching for species names. If anyone helped with the identification please enter their name under "Identified by". Please give an estimate of the number of individual insects seen.

Please provide a location name for where you saw the insect(s) - this can be the name of the nearest town or village, or another location name taken from an OS map. If recording from your garden, do not enter your full postal address as the information you provide will be visible to others.

Which of these habitats best describes your location?