Candy-striped Leafhopper, Red-banded Leafhopper, Red-and-blue Leafhopper (Graphocephala coccinea)

Order: Homoptera (ho-MOP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Cicadellidae (sik-ah-DELL-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Graphocephala (graf-o-SEF-a-la) (Info)
Species: coccinea (kok-SIN-ee-a) (Info)


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Barling, Arkansas
Deer, Arkansas
Danbury, Connecticut
Acworth, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
La Grange Park, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Delhi, Iowa
Benton, Kentucky
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Upton, Massachusetts
Monroe, Michigan
Pentwater, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Derry, New Hampshire
Hampton, New Jersey
Apalachin, New York
Buffalo, New York
Millerton, New York
Bowling Green, Ohio
Talihina, Oklahoma
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
Cranston, Rhode Island
Knoxville, Tennessee
Kaukauna, Wisconsin
Menasha, Wisconsin
Wautoma, Wisconsin
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Members' Notes:


On Aug 21, 2011, Stack0Lee from Derry, NH wrote:

These guys love cannabis too. They're pretty easy to control though.


On Jul 12, 2011, MarvelGirl from Toronto,
Canada wrote:

I am new to gardening and just begining to learn about a lot of bugs I didn't even know existed.

I have been looking for info on this leaf hopper after spotting one in my garden this morning, trying to figure out if it is something I need to take care of or just let be.

I just wanted to point out that in all my research, I have not encountered a single reference to a toxin which causes "hopper burn" being injected by these insects. I think perhaps what the person who made this comment was refering to was a viral disease which can be spread by leafhoppers called Pierce's disease.

As for my own leafhopper, the jury is still out. At this time I am favouring relocation rather than extermination, since most people who have encountered them seem to ... read more


On Jun 11, 2011, melindalee75 from Shawnee Mission, KS wrote:

i live in merriam ks and have recently found this bug on my sunflowers. they have done damage to the leaves of the sunflower. anyone know a go0d way to get rid of them?


On Mar 11, 2008, drez from Millerton, NY wrote:

I invariably find this particular species clustering on my plants. I understand that leafhoppers tend to be plant specific according to what species they are.

Always they seem to sit on the leaves facing inward pointed perfectly towards the stem and it is fascinating to see a dozen or so all in this circle group.

I do not mind them on the plants, in fact i think it to be healthy for the plants as their presence may be actually beneficial to the plants in some way i dont understand, they take a few leaves but the plant may react chemically somehow which only makes them stronger and hardier and everyone wins.


On Aug 27, 2006, Erynne from Orangeville, ON (Zone 4b) wrote:

Another common name for this insect is Red-banded Leafhopper. I just came across one today on one of my container plants.....not good.


On Jul 26, 2006, Magpye from NW Qtr, AR (Zone 6a) wrote:

Leafhoppers are a group of small insects with piercing-sucking mouthparts. Their name is derived from their hopping behavior.

Depending on the species, they range in size from 1/8 to 1/2-inch (3-4 mm in length) and their bodies are colored yellow, green, gray or they may be marked with color patterns.

Adults are elongated, wedge shaped and somewhat triangular in cross-section. Nymphs are generally lighter green in color. Nymphs resemble adults but are wingless.

Damage: Both adult and nymphs puncture the underside of leaves and suck out plant juices. Feeding injury causes stunting and leaf curl. During the process of feeding, the hoppers inject a toxin that causes "hopper burn" This malady is characterized by a yellowing of the tissue at the t... read more