Red-banded Leafhopper; Candy-striped Leafhopper
Oak Ridge, TN
May 28, 2008
I spotted this beautiful leafhopper on one of my Milkweed plant leaves and ran inside to grab my camera. The wind was blowing, so it was difficult to get a good macro shot. I was surprised to see how blue the stripes were on this individual, usually they are green. The black line through the eye is probably to break up the eye so a predator won't notice the leafhopper's head.
The way to tell the difference between a leafhopper and a planthopper is leafhoppers have spines on the hind legs.