Spittlebugs have been especially abundant this year, and have been reported in both warm and cool season turf. Although they rarely cause damage, it might be a good idea to do a little scouting and make sure they are not causing a problem this year. The two-lined spittlebug adult is a black insect with two prominent yellow lines across the wings. The insects are named for the spittle-like liquid mass that surrounds the nymphs. These white masses can be found on the grass, and the adults tend to fly a short distance when disturbed.
For more information on spittlebug scouting and control: www.turffiles.ncsu.edu/Insects/Twolined_Spittlebugs.aspx