National Geographic : 1944 Oct
Cercopid-The Fortress Builder THE CERCOPID, or froghopper, begins life as an inconspicuous, soft-bodied bug, less than a quarter of an inch long. He is found on plant stems and blades of grass all over America. There are many insect enemies that are eager to make a meal of him. And he can't run away from danger until the time comes for him to grow wings and jumping legs. But the froghopper is an ingenious little bug. He builds a fortress. And this fortress is unlike any other found in the insect world. Soon after birth, he starts secreting a liquid. This he beats into tiny bubbles with his tail until it forms a white froth which gradually covers him. When the bubble fortress is finished, the frog hopper is snugly hidden beneath what looks like a bit of beaten egg white. Perhaps you, yourself, have seen the tiny masses of froth, sometimes called "cuckoo spit," in the fields and woods near your home. The fluid which forms the bubbles is of a re sistant, sticky texture. In addition to concealing him, it prevents most of the froghopper's enemies from breaking through and seizing him. Yet even with this remarkable protective de- vice, the froghopper is not entirely secure. There are some enemies, a species of wasp, for example, that can penetrate his defense. And then he must face certain disaster. Now man, too, can build a fortress for pro tection. But his is far more dependable. It is a financial fortress. And it protects him not against physical mishap but against the heavy expenses and economic disaster which might fol low. This fortress is insurance. If an automobile accident or a fall down the cellar stairs should land you in the hospital for several months, Accident insurance will provide an income for your family while you must be away from your job. It will pay your doctor's and hospital bills, too. One never knows when an accident may hap pen. To play safe, you need the important pro tection which Accident insurance can give you. Your local Travelers man will be glad to talk over this problem with you. MORAL: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of insurance and surety bonds. The Travelers Insur ance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Com pany, The Travelers Fire Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut.