The red and blue Candy-striped Leafhopper looks like a fruity candy cane and its sweet excretion makes other insects big fans.
The bold color combination on the small Candy-striped Leafhopper is not very common among insects. Though some may have patches of green, those bright red and blue diagonal stripes draw everyone's attention. Its powerful legs are green. When threatened, leafhoppers cock their hind legs and jump away from potential predators. 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.
This species is commonly found on blackberry bushes, and on the flowers and leaves of ornamental plants like roses and rhododendrons. They may cause some damage to these plants by sucking the juices from them. After enough meals, the Candy-striped Leafhopper can emit bubbles of liquid waste from its abdomen. This liquid retains some of the sweetness from the plant's juice and is very attractive to a variety of other insects like wasps and flies.
Scientific Name: Graphocephala coccinea
Other Name(s): Scarlet and Green Leafhopper, Red-banded Leafhopper
Cicada and Planthopper
Size (Adult; Length): 8mm to 10mm (0.31in to 0.39in)
Colors: blue; red; green
Descriptors: jumps, hops, tiny, lines, garden pest
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