Eight-lined Leafhopper

Time: 07:55 a.m.

Date: September 19, 2017

Location: Spruce Lawn

Observations: On the morning of Sept. 19 Ozzy carefully observed a tiny and pretty coloured bug on our back deck. We are about five minutes from the arrival of the bus, but his excitement was infectious, so out the camera came. After a little research we discovered that we had an eight-lined leafhopper (Gyponana octolineata) on our hands.

The eight-lined leafhopper, or Gyponana octolineata, is a species that is native to Canada. According to bugguide.net, they eat pine. We have a plethora of pine at Spruce Lawn so we hope to see more of these in the future.

The males tend to have the red markings confined to the body and wing bases, where as females have a general orange-red all over appearance.

This leafhopper was photographed in its found location and we did not disturb it.



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