I caught this handsome fellow in the sunflower patch today – it escaped. Unfortunately, leafhoppers are no friend of plants. Better in the sunflowers than in the main garden area. But look at that glorious coat!

Candy-striped Leaf Hopper, more respectably known as the Red Banded Leafhopper.
Candy-striped Leaf Hopper, more respectably known as the Red Banded Leafhopper.

Leafhoppers are not welcomed guests, they suck nutrients and moisture from your garden plants and are a vector for disease. You have to admit, though, this one is a handsome fellow.

Here and here you can read up on this leafhopper and learn how to control them here.

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