Sugarbug


Sugarbugs feeding on a houseplant.

The local equivalent of aphids, sugarbugs are bright green insects about the size of a fist.

Sugarbugs are moderately intelligent and can learn to recognise their keepers. Sometimes humans will keep them as pets, attaching two or three to a houseplant, where they will chirp contentedly.

It is known that entomorphs farm sugarbugs, as they were the ones who showed humans how to do it. Sugarbugs are docile and perfectly happy to stay attached to their food plants. The easiest way to collect honeydew in quantity is to have hanging plants for the sugarbugs to feed on, and a trough underneath to collect their secretions.

Honeydew is used in cooking, as a sweetener, refined into syrup, or fermented into honeydew mead.