[8/11/20] Rhododendron Leafhopper, Graphocephala fennahi.
a very fancy little lad
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This brightly coloured insect is, unfortunately, a Rhododendron Leafhopper, which can have the effect of turning the rhododendron buds brown leading to no flowers. When I took this photo, I didn’t realise what it was. When I went back to move it on, it was nowhere to be seen.....
Beautiful, but still a pest
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Rhododendron Leafhopper, Graphocephala fennahi.
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Female European cross spider, Araneus diadematus, eating a rhododendron leafhopper, Graphocephala fennahi.
Taken in my garden in the summer of 2013
According to an old Polish story my grandmother used to tell, these spiders wove a blanket for baby Jesus at the Nativity, and that's why they have a cross on their backs. It's a bad thing to kill a spider because of this.
Graphocephala fennahi "Rhododendron Leafhopper" Cicadellidae
Apparently, these sharpshooters are native to the south eastern Appalachians, but have since traveled the world in ornamental Rhododendrons.
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