Graphocephala fennahi

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 19 November 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Graphocephala fennahi (NL: Rhododendroncicade / EN: Rhododendron leafhopper / DE: Rhododendronzikade / FR: Cicadelle du rhododendron) so named as it feeds on the sap of rhododendrons, is native to the USA. The leafhopper reaches a body length of 8 to 9 mm. The species was introduced to Great Britain in the 1930s and continental Europe in the 1970s. There has been suggestion that the rhododendron leafhopper contributes to the spread of a Rhododendron fungus through Europe.
After the large heath fire of 25 May 2011 in one of Belgium's largest nature reserves, I decided to take a look how nature recovers from this disaster. Almost four month after the fire, nature indeed recovers and this bright and beautifully coloured species contrasted sharply with the blackened fire debris.

Image: Kalmthout (B) - 10/09/2011

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Jaytee from Fresno, California, United States

Excellent macro! Love the colors of this creature.

19 Nov 2011 6:07am

@Jaytee: Thank you very much for your comment, Jaytee

Céline from New York City, United States

Beautiful macro !

19 Nov 2011 6:41am

@Céline: Thanks!

Soheil from Tehran, Iran

nice shot
well done

19 Nov 2011 11:59am

@Soheil: Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Soheil.

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Great colours!

19 Nov 2011 12:26pm

@Tinx: It is indeed a beautiful colored specimen to see and not so difficult to spot on the blackened surface.

jay from MUMBAI, India

Excellent Details.....Terrific Macro

19 Nov 2011 2:50pm

@jay: Thank you very much, Jay.

Lia from Zwolle, Netherlands

Wat ziet dat er kleurrijk uit tegen die bruingrijze achtergrond.
Een mooi beestje om te zien. Prachtige macro!

19 Nov 2011 7:07pm

@Lia: Het was een hele opluchting om toch nog leven te vinden na de heidebrand die inmense stukken van dit natuurgebied in de as had gelegd. Deze cicade zit op een totaal zwartgeblakerde boom. Niet echt moeilijk om dan zulk een kleurrijk insect te zien... Dank voor je commentaar, Lia !

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Excellente photo et impressionnante "bestiole" ...compliments

19 Nov 2011 11:05pm

@mimicy: Thank you very much for your comment, Mimicy.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Wir haben noch nie von dieser Zikadenart gehört - es ist ja schon etwas besonderes, sie zu sehen, dann aber noch so ein perfektes Foto zu machen . . . . bewundernswert !!!

20 Nov 2011 5:16pm

@Loner: Thank you, Sonja ! It is a wonderful species, only "recently" moved into Europe. It is possible the species hasn't reached Austria yet (I don't know for sure), but maybe it will in the future... Always pay attention to the small creatures ... Greetz !

sietske from roermond, Netherlands

What a supermacro and beautiful colors!

22 Nov 2011 9:48pm

@sietske: Heel erg bedankt voor je lovende woorden.

Canon EOS 400D
1/60 second
ISO 200
150 mm