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Versute Sharpshooter

Graphocephala versuta


This striped sharpshooter is blue, green and bright orange. It was cleaning itself and didn't care I was there. Last image is looking up at the underside of its abdomen and its orange wings. The legs were wrapping around and wiping the top of the wings. I spotted this one again in 2014 and got much better photo's:


This hopper was a Cape Honeysuckle bush in the backyard.


I didn't know we had this type of sharpshooter on the West Coast. I submitted it to BugGuide. - Yay! First report of this species in California!

2 Species ID Suggestions

Uday 9 years ago
Graphocephala coccinea Graphocephala coccinea
bayucca 9 years ago
Graphocephala versuta hopper - Graphocephala versuta - BugGuide.Net

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Thank you Yasser! bayucca nailed the ID right away. I hesitated because of the data on location at the time. We're very lucky to have so many experts in the community!
I love this place :)

Yasser 9 years ago

Awesome collaboration here across communities. Congratulations for the recognition Cindy!

You definitely know your bugs! Thank you bayucca :)

bayucca 9 years ago

Oh, I see, my Versuta got the point! ;-)...

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Congratulations Cindy!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Very cool congratulations :)

LeanneGardner 9 years ago


CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago


I'm so excited! BugGuide confirmed this is G. versuta!
This is what Andy Hamilton had to say: "Note the dark lines on the top of the head. This is the first record of this species west of TX. Congratulations!"

BugGuide agrees it looks like G. versuta but won't go beyond the genus because my photos are too fuzzy :( It would be the first reported spotting to BugGuide for that species in California.

Thank you everyone! I'll update the ID showing G. versuta since it seems to match. When BugGuide confirms, I'll let everyone know.

bayucca 9 years ago

Must be Versuta. Look at the very beautiful and clear "arrow" behind the head (in your shot direction would be up and right). For me it is the only Graphocephala with this arrow. Definitely not Coccinea.

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Really nice series!

Hi bayucca! How funny we both spotted one yesterday :) It's amazing how many Hoppers there are and how similar they look. I'm excited to find out which one this is!

:) The biggest difference I see between mine and G. coccinea is the lack of bold black stripe along the face. G. versuta seems a bit closer with only faint black outlining on the top and tip of the "nose". Right now, BugGuide only shows that species in the eastern and southern US.

bayucca 9 years ago

I know since yesterday, when I spotted it the first time ever :-)...

bayucca 9 years ago

I didn't know we have a similar on even in Switzerland!!
Only European Graphocephala and the same one like yours, however, with a different name.

Uday 9 years ago

your welcome!
even i am not sure about it :)

Thank you for the ID suggestion, U1151994. I agree it's a species of Graphocephala. I'm not sure about the species as I thought they were all in the south east. I'll update the ID once BugGuide checks out my submission and let you know :)

Escondido, California, USA

Spotted on Aug 5, 2012
Submitted on Aug 6, 2012

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