.... unless you're a Frog Hopper producing what is colloquially known as Cuckoo Spit.
This is the way the nymphs protect themselves:
Now, what is this just poking its head out of the spittle?
A cropped closer look:
I do believe it is the head and front legs of a Frog Hopper.
Correction: After Adrian's comment that t might be a spider I checked today. It was in exactly the same place so I fished it out. Then I could see that it was a small spider which had perished in the sticky spittle.
Macro photos taken with Canon 50D + 70-200mm zoom + Raynox macro lens.
1st photo is 2 stacked shots and the 2nd is 4 stacked shots using Zerene Stacker.
A good description of the life of a Frog Hopper can be found on this BBC site.
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