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“One spiffy little insect”

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“One spiffy little insect”

Interesting what can be found just wandering the garden – and anyway, it’s far too hot and muggy to do much else today. Here are a couple of new species to add to the garden checklist.

The insect with the stripes is, somewhat prosaically, called a Scarlet and Green Leafhopper or the Candy-striped Leafhopper (Graphocephala coccinea). Tiny but very attractive … described by the Bug Lady of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee thus:

… one spiffy little insect – easily overlooked, but once seen, unforgettable. Because of its coat(s) of many colors (there are a number of sub-species to be reckoned with), it has a bunch of common names, like candy-striped, scarlet and green, red-banded, and red-and-blue leafhopper. The BugLady loves common names because they tell us what the non-scientific admirers of a plant or animal think about it. CSLs have yellow legs, a yellow head with a black racing stripe through the eyes, and a bright blue/green and red/red-orange-striped thorax and wings. The genus name, Graphocephala, comes from the “cuneiform” markings on the heads of several of the species in the genus. Interesting Fact: CSL can vocalize, like cicadas, by vibrating internal membranes at the base of the abdomen. Unlike cicadas, these CSL sounds are so soft that people don’t hear them.

The long fellow with the orange bristles at the tail end is a Maple Callus Borer Moth (Synanthodon acerni). Wikipedia call it a western species which is quite wrong, it’s very much an eastern one as the map on this link indicates – somewhat at the northern end of its range here (http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Synanthedon-acerni). I can’t find a record of it north of the US border or east of central Ontario so I’ll be rash and call this a new species for Quebec 😉

Scarlet and Green Leafhopper or the Candy-striped Leafhopper (Graphocephala coccinea)

Scarlet and Green Leafhopper or the Candy-striped Leafhopper (Graphocephala coccinea)

 

Maple Callus Borer Moth (Synanthodon acerni)

Maple Callus Borer Moth (Synanthodon acerni)

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