The bold, playful style of Graphocephala coccinea, the candy-striped leafhopper, is all the rage this season:



photo details:
Canon EOS 7D camera
Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens
ISO 100, f/13, 1/250sec
diffused twin flash


  1. #1 jason
    June 3, 2010

    I want a coat that looks like that. I don’t know when I’d wear it, but I still want one.

  2. #2 Don
    June 3, 2010

    Alex: Did you CO2 the hopper in order to allow specimen placement, focusing, etc? What is the secret of sneaking up on hoppers?
    Thanks, Don

  3. #3 Mikey
    June 5, 2010

    That first photo is awesome, has been my iPhone background for a week now!

  4. #4 Alex Wild
    June 8, 2010


    The secret here was attrition. I found about ten or so of these little guys on a bush, and I just sort of tried them one after the other until I found a relatively sedentary individual. As you can see the insect has its mouthparts plugged into a leaf vein, making it perhaps a little more reluctant to move.

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