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Species Graphocephala versuta - Versute Sharpshooter

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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)
Infraorder Cicadomorpha
Superfamily Membracoidea (Leafhoppers, Treehoppers and Aetalionids)
Family Cicadellidae (Leafhoppers)
Subfamily Cicadellinae (Sharpshooters)
Tribe Cicadellini
Genus Graphocephala
No Taxon ("Graphocephala species-group")
Species versuta (Versute Sharpshooter)
Explanation of Names
Graphocephala versuta (Say 1830)
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)(BG data)
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
Life Cycle
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.
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.