09.25.2022 Almost very silent Sunday

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.

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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20 Responses to 09.25.2022 Almost very silent Sunday

  1. shoreacres says:

    The colors of this one reminded me of jewelry worn by the women of Ladakh, a territory in the Indian Himalayas. One of the bloggers I follow lives in India, and she recently posted some photos showing the coral and turquoise necklaces traditional in the area: exactly the colors of your fabulous leafhopper.

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    • Turquoise is one of Mary Beth’s favorited stones and her wedding ring is a simple band of gold with an inlaid stripe of turquoise. I hadn’t connected these hoppers with that but now that you mention it. These bugs have reminded a lot of people of jewelry.

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  2. I get the impression that most people don’t know that leafhoppers exist because these insects are so small. In this case the bright colors could partly compensate for the tiny size.

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  3. Peter Klopp says:

    What a beauty for a silent Sunday edition! I am so glad you did not forget to post it before going to bed.

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  4. picpholio says:

    Realy awesome, these colors !

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  5. Colors in nature are truly amazing.

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  6. Wally Jones says:

    I love these little bugs! It’s like finding candy among the leaves and is always a startling surprise.

    Exquisite photography.

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  7. Eliza Waters says:

    Wonderful captures, Steve. Like little Christmas ornaments!

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  8. Todd Henson says:

    I always enjoy these color leafhoppers. And I also like the stem it’s resting on, lighter green and fuzzy.

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  9. Dave Ply says:

    Handsome little bugger. Finally a critter from the east I see in the west, or at least one of his cousins.

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  10. Dry nice Steve! Never saw one of these before!

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