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candy-striped leafhopper
Graphocephala coccinea
Type: Insect

Effect: Pest

Cicadellinae Family
Graphocephala Genus

Location / Where this Creature is found:

Found in Portland, Oregon. These ones get around. They are native to North and Central America, occupying areas from Canada all the way to Panama.


According to Wikipedia's page about them, "adults measure 6.78.4 mm in length and have vivid blue (or green) and red (or orange-red) stripes on their wings and the top of their thorax combined with bright yellow coloration on their head, legs, abdomen, and elsewhere."

General information about candy-striped leafhopper :

They dine on plant sap using special mouth parts. They're a little like vampires, but not as scary. They are, however, considered to be a vector species, along with some others in the genera. They harbor a pathogen known as Xylella fastidiosa, which is the cause of many leaf scorch diseases endemic to the Americas including California, Texas and Brazil.
According to the online article Permaculture Perfect Harmony in the Garden, by Cameron Scott & Laura Vanderpool, "Planting petunias repels leafhoppers, certain types of aphids and tomato worms."
www.naturalchoice.net articles permaculture.htm

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