HEMIPTERA (TRUE BUG)
Piercing and sucking mouthparts - or rostrum - are what differentiate True Bugs from the rest and this means that the insects generally fed on plants as a natural diet. Around 12,000 such species are recognized in North America alone. These bugs can be found on land and in the water and have thick wings kept close to the body. A prominent identification feature is the triangular-shaped scutellum located on the thorax aft of the protonum. The Hemiptera order covers True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, and related insects.
Common Name: "Candy-striped Leafhopper"
Other Names: "Red-banded Leafhopper; Scarlet and Green Leafhopper"
Scientific Name: Graphocephala coccinea
TAXONOMIC BREAKDOWN: The Taxonomic Breakdown is the scientific way to categorize a partocular insect species from its largest group (Animalia) to its smallest (variable). The Genus and Species categorizations taken together make up the species' scientific name shown above, in this case Graphocephala coccinea.
Garden Pest: Known to be destructive of garden plants.
Outdoors: Typically found across the great outdoors.
Pest: Generally considered a pest to humans.
Six-Legged: Six legs are common to this insect.
Small / Tiny: Noticeably small to the naked eye.
Striped / Banded: Noticeable stripes or banding pattern.
Winged: Has wings to hop or fly over distance.
The Candy-striped Leafhopper is also known by these other names:
Red-banded Leafhopper :: Scarlet and Green Leafhopper
The Candy-striped Leafhopper has been identified by site users by the following descriptors:
small   agile   winged   wings   blue   red   green   yellow   vibrant   six-legged   garden   outdoors   pest   lines   lined   stripes   striped
The general likelihood of encountering this insect based on a given month of the year in the state of Tennessee. Generally, the best sighting months are June through August with peak occurring in July.
Below is a representation of the 'smallest-small' and 'largest-large' sizes commonly associated with the Candy-striped Leafhopper. Due to monitor differences, sizes may not be exact on your particular screen. Conversions to millimeters are provided for convenience.
0.31 inches (8 mm)
0.39 inches (10 mm)
Below you will find the colors most commonly associated with the Candy-striped Leafhopper. Both Primary and Secondary colors are represented in the showcase. Due to monitor differences, colors may not be exact representations.
The Candy-striped Leafhopper can be found in the following Tennessee counties:
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