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Species Graphocephala versuta

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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)
Tribe Cicadellini
Genus Graphocephala
No Taxon (Subgenus Graphocephala)
Species versuta (Graphocephala versuta)
Explanation of Names
Graphocephala versuta (Say 1830)
Latin versutus 'cunning'
Size
~6 mm (generally smaller than other common congeners except G. coccinea)
Identification
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
Range
e. US (NY-FL to IL-TX) & CA to Costa Rica(1)(BG data)
Season
most of the year in the south; warmer months in the north
Food
leaves of blackberry, grape, honeysuckle, privet (Ligustrum spp.), cherry and various other deciduous trees
Life Cycle
up to four generations per year; overwinters as an adult
Remarks
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.
Works Cited
1.Catalogue of the Hemiptera of American north of Mexico: Except Aphididae, Coccidae and Aleurodidae. Vol. 2.
Van Duzee, E.P. 1917. University of California Press, Berkeley. xiv + 902 pp.