Graphocephala coccinea: Candystriped Leafhopper
I found this striking bug in the garden a while back and was mesmerized by the colors but I couldn't get a good picture because it kept hopping away whenever I got close enough. I'd been waiting to see if I could get a better photo of it before uploading but I haven't seen them in the garden since I took this picture.
Their absences in the garden is really a good thing because Graphocepala coccinea is a garden pest. The cadystriped leafhopper may look cool and provide for some nice photos (if I could get it in focus) but in the garden it is the main carrier and spreader of Aster Yellows.
Should they make another appearance in the garden I won't waster time trying to get a photo, instead I will kill it on sight and you should too.
A special thanks to Jodi of Blooming Writer for the info provided via e-mail.