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Blue-green Sharpshooter

Graphocephala atropunctata

Description:

The blue-green sharpshooter has green to bright blue wings, head, and thorax, and yellow legs and abdomen, which are visible on the underside. It is about 0.4 inches long.

Habitat:

Grape vines, almond trees, and alfalfa are all foods. This hopper lives on plant juices which it gets by piercing leaves and using sucking mouth parts. It may live in any meadow, near streams, in orchards and nurseries, and at vineyards. It is considered a pest and, along with other leaf hoppers is controlled where possible. Hoppers hide well, and I saw only this one during a visit to El Dorado Park.

Notes:

This leaf hopper is one of several hoppers known to transmit the gammaproteobacteria "Xylella fastidious" (also known as "Pierce's Disease"). This form of leaf scorch is economically important as there is no current treatment for the bacterium, and it effects several economically important crops. In California, this includes grapes.

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12 Comments

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 5 years ago

what a beauty!

Rob Rod
Rob Rod 6 years ago

They always eat my sunflowers, but I never want to get rid of them. such a beautiful creature.

catgrin
catgrin 9 years ago

Hi guys, I agree it's a pity they're such pests. On their own, they don't do enough damage to kill plants - they would only be a problem in ornamental agriculture. It's because they're a disease vector for a bacteria we can't control that they're so harmful. The hoppers don't mean to kill their host plants.

ToshimiDowaki
ToshimiDowaki 9 years ago

Very nice!

VivBraznell
VivBraznell 9 years ago

Beautiful spotting! Shame it's such a pest.

Atul
Atul 9 years ago

this is such a lovely spotting!

catgrin
catgrin 9 years ago

Wow! Thanks guys!

Yay, thank you Christine! Such a great addition to both missions.

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

really nice one!

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

So pretty!

catgrin
catgrin 9 years ago

Thanks for reminder Cindy! I'm zonked - long day! I was already a part of SCW, and have joined Hoppers. I'll add to both.

Beautiful! Please add to the Hoppers mission at: http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8096... I'd also appreciate you adding it to the Southern California Wildlife mission at: http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/7964...

catgrin
Spotted by
catgrin

Long Beach, California, USA

Spotted on May 31, 2012
Submitted on May 31, 2012

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