This is a Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter emerging from it's last instar into adulthood. This species excretes a liquid while it feeds, shooting it out onto leaves. When I approach the adults, they spray it right at me! It's a good defense. If that doesn't deter a threat, they fly away with their glassy-looking wings. The video shows the sharpshooter halfway emerged to all the way out. There are still shots as well. I have the fourth or fifth instar spotting at: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/728.... The adult spotting at: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/719...
It was on a Perez's Sea Lavender plant early on a foggy morning.
There are tons of these in our yard. They prefer areas around the Creeping Lantana. They're native to northeastern Mexico and spread into the United States, where it's an agricultural pest! This insect "is a vector of several plant diseases including phony peach disease, Pierce's disease of grape and Oleander leaf scorch." - nathistoc.bio.uci.edu. I shot this with my compact Canon PowerShot G12 using the scene mode of Kids & Pets and manual focus.
Lat: 33.15, Long: -117.01
Spotted on Sep 20, 2011
Submitted on Sep 20, 2011
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