Question: What word goes in front of spit and flower? Answer: Cuckoo.
Below are a couple of photo’s of cuckoo spit and a cuckoo flower.
Of course cuckoo spit isn’t actually spit from a cuckoo. It’s a frothy substance created by froghoppers, their nymphs live in the protective frothy mass of bubbles. An adult froghopper is an expert jumper and is able to jump 70cm into the air – a greater height than the flea and similar to a human jumping over a tower block!
The cuckoo flower, also known as Lady’s smock, flowers in May & June about the time cuckoo’s return to the UK. At least at Woodwalton Fen this seems pretty accurate.
Your next question may be “what is a froghopper”? Well, a froghopper is a small invertebrate. There are various species of froghopper in the UK. The easiest one to spot is the red and black variety(Cercopis vulnerata) shown below.