Length: males 5.8-7.6 mm; females 7.1-8.3 mm
Adults are active in West Virginia in all but the coldest months. They may be found on a variety of plants, and seem to have a special fondness for Blackberry and Raspberry species. Eggs are laid in leaves.
In this species the red stripes are fairly wide and well-developed.
This bright species has been capturing the attention of naturalists for centuries. The same year as the Boston Massacre, German entomologist Johann Reinhold Forster penned the first description of this American species, and he published it the following year, in 1771.
Three closely related Graphocephala species with records from West Virginia, or from at least two states contiguous to West Virginia, are Graphocephala teliformis, Graphocephala fennahi, and Graphocephala versuta.
For methods of differentiating West Virginia's species, see the genus page for Graphocephala. Another related page shows Graphocephala species nymphs.