Entomological Candy and a Word about the One that Got Away (Four Photographs)
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This is a candy stripped leafhopper (Graphocephala coccinea). It’s a true bug. All bugs are insects, not all insects are bugs and spiders are not insects. The leafhopper is a quarter of an inch – 6 mm long (I did not measure it, that’s what the books say). I was disappointed to learn that these bugs are relatively common in North America. When you look at them from afar the color is invisible, they look black. To see the color you need to get close, close enough to scare them off. The last photograph was the first shot I got this year of these bugs and I only had one chance. When I saw I missed it by a nose you can understand my frustration. Fortunately, I was lucky to see the same type of insect a few more times. I wanted a top down shot to show the pattern, maybe next time.