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Subfamily Cicadellinae - Sharpshooters

Cuerna??? - Cuerna costalis Draeculacephala antica? - Draeculacephala zeae leafhopper - Graphocephala Ovipositing Cuerna costalis - Cuerna costalis - female unidentified nc on campsis radicans - Oncometopia orbona Sharpshooter - Homalodisca vitripennis - male Cicadellidae - Draeculacephala Versute sharpshooter (Graphocephala versuta) tentative - Graphocephala versuta
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Auchenorrhyncha (Free-living Hemipterans)
Superfamily Cicadoidea (Cicadas, Leafhoppers, and Treehoppers)
Family Cicadellidae (Leafhoppers)
Subfamily Cicadellinae (Sharpshooters)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
=Amblycephalinae, Tettigellinae
Explanation of Names
The name 'sharpshooters' refers to their habit of forcing excess water droplets out of the tip of the abdomen with an audible popping noise. (based on Dr Hamilton's comment)
(video of this behavior here)
Numbers
ca. 160 spp. in >30 genera in our area(1); ~2,400 spp. in ~330 genera worldwide, arranged in 2 tribes(2)
Food
xylem feeders
Print References
McKamey, S.H. (2007) Taxonomic Catalogue of the Leafhoppers (Membracoidea). Part 1. Cicadellinae. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 78: 1–394.
Young, D.A. (1968) Taxonomic study of the Cicadellinae (Homoptera, Cicadellidae). Part 1. Proconiini. United States National Museum Technical Bulletin 261. 287 pp.
Young, D.A. (1977) Taxonomic study of the Cicadellinae (Homoptera: Cicadellidae). Part 2. New World Cicadellini and the genus Cicadella. North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 239. 1135 pp. (title page)