06.27.2021 Doin’ the leafhopper hanky panky

I found this amorous pair mating on one of our milkweed plants last night. We have quite a few this year with a one or more on almost every milkweed plant…on the leaves of all things.

Red-banded Leafhoppers-ย Graphocephala coccinea.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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39 Responses to 06.27.2021 Doin’ the leafhopper hanky panky

  1. Spectacular image you have captured, Steve. Makes me want to take a closer look at our milkweed plants…

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    • Thank you. I don’t know that they are host specific. We have a lot of milkweed so that’s where I am looking. I’ve seen them on others of our garden plants in previous years. Milkweed, as you probably know, has a noxious latex that most insects can’t stomach. In the case of this insect I think it is just the coincidental “port in a storm”. They do occur in Texas.

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  2. Littlesundog says:

    Spectacular color!!

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  3. These are very artistic leaf hoppers.

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  4. Great colors on those hoppers. You did well with such tiny subjects.

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Racy, in both color and action. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  6. Peter Klopp says:

    You caught the red-banded leafhoppers red-handed, Steve.

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  7. picpholio says:

    Wauw, they have wonderful colors ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. These are real beauties, Steve! Fabulous photo!

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  9. Wonderful capture of these unusual looking bugs, Steve!

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  10. bluebrightly says:

    Those little leafhoppers are so attractive – my eyes would always light up when I saw one. I haven’t seen one in a long time but they’re supposed to be here…..sonmewhere…

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  11. Todd Henson says:

    I love the color of these, such beautiful insects. And great moment there you captured. No wonder you have so many of them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • There really are a lot of truly beautiful insects out there. Most folks only think of butterflies as attractive but the diversity is wonderful. There is a lot of this going on and I almost feel a voyeur photographing them. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, Todd!

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  12. Very Colorful Steve! They are fun to photograph!

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  13. shoreacres says:

    I wondered if we had these, and BugGuide provided this little tidbit: “Graphocephala constricta is a central U.S. and Texan species, falling right on the western edge of the southern range of G. coccinea. Its appearance is practically identical to that of the most common forms of G. coccinea, but it is significantly smaller.” Significantly smaller? My goodness! No wonder I haven’t seen ours! I’m glad you found these; they’re beautiful little things.

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    • Wow! Significantly smaller than something already so tiny. I often mention how amazed I am by the complexity of organisms and that even the most infinitesimally small ones have everything required to exist in good health.

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  14. WOW … amazing nature colors!

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  15. Leya says:

    You seem to have a nice biodiversity over at yours, Steve. These are amazingly colourful as well!

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    • WHen we first moved here there were lots and lots of insect species to enjoy. Then a new neighbor with a desire for a lawn like a golf course moved next door and the lawn treatments played havoc with the bugs. Fortunately he is doing less poisoning and the bugs are coming back. These two are quite colorful…almost dayglo. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. Dave Ply says:

    That’s definitely up close and personal. Those bugs have a colorful love life.

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