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Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (Eclosing)

Homalodisca vitripennis


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: The adult spotting at:


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." - I shot this with my compact Canon PowerShot G12 using the scene mode of Kids & Pets and manual focus.

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CindyBinghamKeiser 3 years ago

Thanks. Timing was definitely on my side this day!

RachaelB 3 years ago

Great timing!

CindyBinghamKeiser 3 years ago

Thank you :) This is one of my favorite hopper spottings but any creature emerging is beautiful to watch!

achmmad 3 years ago

Can't say anything!

CindyBinghamKeiser 3 years ago

Thank you Carol! They're so cool looking with their see-through wings and colors. The gross part is they actually squirt urine at you. LOL The video shows it.

CarolSnowMilne 3 years ago

I looked it up. A leaf hopper! It is beautiful!

CarolSnowMilne 3 years ago

WOW! Never seen anything like it before. Never heard of this one. A Hopper? What kind.

CindyBinghamKeiser 3 years ago

Thank you KarenP! Sorry my notification was turned off for a while :)

KarenP 4 years ago

Very cool series. Thanks for posting. I've never seen anything like it!!

CindyBinghamKeiser 4 years ago

Thank you! The sharpshooter was still on the same plant today, all grown up :)

windmustache 4 years ago

Wow! That's a precious video! Thanks for sharing.

LindaGuastamachio 4 years ago

Anita, my exact thoughts!

anita.luciano 4 years ago

wow, that's so cool!

KarenL 4 years ago

Fantastic series!

CindyBinghamKeiser 4 years ago

It was amazing to watch in person. I kept thinking how much I really wanted at least a monopod to capture it better :) I know these are pests but it's still amazing to watch renewed life.

textless 4 years ago

Amazing moment and wonderful photos/video. Wow!

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 4 years ago

Very cute!! Very educational too.!! it must have been quite a moment for you as is for the newly emerged insect!

CindyBinghamKeiser 4 years ago

Thank you :) It was a good spotting day!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 4 years ago

Terrific series of photos and video!

LarsKorb 4 years ago

fantastic job - great series

ceherzog 4 years ago

Outstanding find...great series & video...I love it.

CindyBinghamKeiser 4 years ago

Thank you misako.hill :) I was lucky to find this as it was emerging!

misako 4 years ago

Cool video!

San Diego, California, USA

Lat: 33.15, Long: -117.01

Spotted on Sep 20, 2011
Submitted on Sep 20, 2011

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