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