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Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (Emerging)

Homalodisca vitripennis


Small leafhopper about 12 mm long emerging from its exoskeleton into adulthood at sunrise. This process is called, eclosing. Once the exoskeleton is empty, it's called an exuvia. This series shows it from the top view. View my other series taken from the side view at:


This hopper was on a Lemon tree in backyard


The nymph can be seen at: and the adult at:

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64 Comments (1–25)

Thank you martin and Larry!

LarryGraziano 10 years ago

Belated congrats on this wonderful series Cindy!

He he, thank you Mark! I too am curious as to why they're so boldly colored. Guess they're just clowns at heart :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

Wow. Almost missed it. Superb series Cindy. Congratulations. I sometimes wonder why these types of critters have such incredible colors at what is probably their most vulnerable moment in life. Are they crazy.. just trying to get eaten !?

Thanks again Carol!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 10 years ago

Incredible series! Stunning photography!

Thank you all so much! Joshua, great question. I missed the first part but from the first to the last image of this and my other spotting from the side view:, was about 30 minutes. I'm guessing this entire process is about one hour from the first sign of eclosing to when it's fully dried and the final color has shown.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 10 years ago

Fantastic series Cindy! Congratulations. How long did it take for it to exit the exuvia?

cchellis22 10 years ago

Amazing spotting and series!

I am truly touched by all of the wonderful comments and support I've received on this series. Thank you!
I'm inspired by your own spottings from around the world. This really is a unique community and I am very proud to be a part of it.

Great series, fantastic pictures, well deserved SOTD, congratulations, CindyBinghamKeiser and thank you for sharing such an event.

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 10 years ago

Awesome spotting! Congratulations Cindy!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 10 years ago

Well done Cindy! Congrats!

ceherzog 10 years ago

Congrats Cindy...well deserved!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Congratulations Cindy fantastic spot and series :)

VivBraznell 10 years ago

Fantastic series .. thank you! Well deserved SOTD

NuwanChathuranga 10 years ago


Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Congratulations Cindy!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 10 years ago

Congratulations Cindy! Spectacular series,

AgnesAdiqueTalavera 10 years ago

Congrats Cindy!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 10 years ago

Hi Cindy, Congratulations. What a beautiful series!

YukoChartraw 10 years ago

Congratulations Cindy! Truly amazing!

Thank you for the honor, Karen and for the wonderful comments from this fun community! Thanks to Project Noah for reminding me of my love for nature and to this species for introducing me to the hoppers. I'm hooked on both!

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 10 years ago

Congratulations on this awesome SotD !

KarenL 10 years ago

What an awesome series! Thank you for sharing Cindy, & congratulations on another spotting of the day!

Insects go through a series of stages, known as “instars” before they finally become adults. At each stage they must shed their exoskeleton by squeezing through a small hole, leaving behind an exuvia or “shed”. Check out this wonderful series of a sharpshooter, a species of leafhopper, as it emerges in its final adult form, in a process known as eclosing.

Escondido, California, United States

Spotted on May 23, 2013
Submitted on May 23, 2013

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