The bold coloration on the Candy-Striped Leafhopper is not very common among insects. Though some may have patches of green, it is the red/blue combination that draw attention. This species is commonly found on blackberry bushes and the flowers and leaves of ornamental plants like roses and rhododendrons. They may cause damage to said plants by sucking the juices from them to the point of no recovery.
When threatened, leafhoppers will cock their hind legs and jump away from potential predators. Leafhoppers are quite adept at jumping away from danger. They can travel great distances in one leap considering their size. Viewing them can be difficult for that reason; just when you get close enough to admire them, they jump out of view.
The Candy-stripped Leafhopper can emit bubbles of liquid waste from its abdomen (see photos). This liquid retains some sweet qualities from the plant juice it originated from and that attracts different pesky insects to the plant like wasps and flies.
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