When I had about given up on colorful insects for the season, I found a crowd of red-banded leafhoppers on a shrub in my yard. A familiar bug, I’ve never noticed them this late in the season before:


This taken in late October. I found for of five of them at a time longing around on broad leaves. They lingered on through the first frosts before disappearing a few days back. They are quite tiny, just a few millimeters in length.

6 thoughts on “Leafhopper

  1. Thanks for the comments everybody!

    Barbara, sometimes bright colors (esp red) are a warning to predators that the bug is distasteful or poisonous. The term is aposematic coloration. There are lots of reddish butterflies (monarchs, Baltimore checkerspots) have a toxic chemical – monarchs make birds throw up.

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