Explanation of Names
Graphocephala versuta (Say 1830)
Latin versutus 'cunning'
~6 mm (generally smaller than other common congeners except G. coccinea)
typical form: forewings green with several black tooth-like markings at apex (a diagnostic feature); pale blue stripe (sometimes bordered on both sides by an orange stripe) runs diagonally from anal angle to base of costa, continuing along margin of pronotum to front of head; scutellum yellow with several thin black lines; pronotum green; top of head light brown or orangish with pale blue stripe along midline; hindwings dark reddish-brown; abdomen yellow; metathorax black
another form has mostly blue forewings with red diagonal stripes; colors in prepared specimens often fade
e. US (NY-FL to IL-TX) & CA to Costa Rica(1)
most of the year in the south; warmer months in the north
leaves of blackberry, grape, honeysuckle, privet (Ligustrum spp.), cherry and various other deciduous trees
up to four generations per year; overwinters as an adult
Some individuals may be vectors of the bacterium (Xylella fastidiosa
) that causes Pierce's Disease
in grapes, and Bacterial Leaf Scorch
in a variety of deciduous trees.