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Scarlet and Green Leaf Hopper

Graphocephala coccinea


"Leafhoppers have piercing-sucking mouthparts, enabling them to feed on plant sap. A leafhoppers' diet commonly consists of sap from a wide and diverse range of plants, but some are more host-specific. Leafhoppers mainly are herbivores, but some are known to eat smaller insects, such as aphids, on occasion. A few species are known to be mud-puddling, but as it seems, females rarely engage in such behavior." Wikipedia:


Grasslands / fields / woods.


I saw one of these little guys last night as the sun was setting and by the time I got my camera it had moved on. This afternoon to my surprise I found several of them feasting on the milkweed plants growing in the back field, and was able to get a shot. This is by far not a clear macro as it's enlarged several hundred times via photoshop. The second photo is the original, to give you a sheer scale of how small these guys are. Really, really neat coloration.

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Scarlet And Green Leafhopper
Graphocephala coccinea Scarlet and Green Leafhopper | What's That Bug?


MayraSpringmann 5 years ago

Wonderful colors!!!

BrandonBlount 6 years ago

Thanks again Auntnance!!!! I found the page but went back and just grabbed the general info to cover all species. These things have demolished all of the milkweed behind the house here. I have seen them before, but never in numbers quite like today. (then again, I have been paying more attention to the macro world around me since signing up here @ Project Noah). :-D

auntnance123 6 years ago

Candy striped leafhopper (
They used to be common here but I rarely see them anymore. Nice to see now.

New York, USA

Lat: 43.33, Long: -78.22

Spotted on Oct 7, 2011
Submitted on Oct 7, 2011

Spotted for mission

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