Bug hunt: Volunteers needed to spot insect's 'spittle'
Scientists are calling for thousands of volunteers to help record sightings of spittle and spittlebugs across the UK.
The information will be used to map the distribution of the insect, in a pre-emptive strike against a deadly plant disease.
Xylella has struck several EU countries, blighting olive groves in southern Italy. The UK is clear of the disease but is on high alert.
Xylella has 563 different host plants worldwide, so it affects a huge range of different species.
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