I was just about to head in to bed when I realized I hadn’t posted these two shots of a very common yet beautiful little bugger from our yard.
Red-banded Leafhopper-Graphocephala coccinea
There are a few similar species but I think I got the ID right. Aside from the basic pattern and of course color, the scutellum (that triangular shape on the thorax) is orangey which is one of the keys.
Nice mask…the Lone Hopper. Actually it is not unusual to see several on the same plant. They are not particular peckish about their food and will eat most things they come across (with limitations) including some ornamental plants which probably makes them somewhat less than popular in some venues.
They are known by a few other names such as candy-striped leafhopper, scarlet-and-green leafhopper, and red-and-blue leafhopper.