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Sharpshooter - Paraulacizes irrorata

Sharpshooter - Paraulacizes irrorata
Lake Redman, York, York County, Pennsylvania, USA
September 4, 2005
I am unable to find a guide with more than just one type of sharpshooter in it. Is this a sharpshooter and, if so, can someone tell me the species? Thanks a lot.

paraulacizes irrorata
not a sharpshooter
see here: http://bugguide.net/node/view/11919

 
Bennett, I am a little confus
Bennett, I am a little confused. When I looked up the link you gave me the leafhopper is listed as a sharpshooter. Please set me straight. The Paraulacizes irrorata shown looks very much like the hopper I photographed. Thanks.

 
I'm sorry--
pretty sure the link leads you to the paraulacizes page...
sharpshooters are in the genus "draeculacephala"
your critter is in the genus paraulacizes, therefore not a sharpshooter.
so now i'm confused!

 
anne
i did a little searching and discovered that "sharpshooter" seems to be an umbrella term, not a scientific classification, for leafhoppers. here in the guide the draeculacephala are the only ones listed as sharpshooters in the taxonomy breakdown. if andy hamilton were around i'm sure he could set us straight!

 
sharpshooters
"Sharpshooters" is the common name for the leafhopper subfamily Cicadellinae which includes Paraulacizes, Oncometopia, Cuerna, Draeculacephala, Graphocephala and many other genera. They get this name from their habit of feeding on the watery sap of xylem tissue, which conducts moisture from the roots up to the leaves. Excess water droplets are forced out the tip of the abdomen with an audible popping noise, hence the common name.

 
Andy, can you tell from the p
Andy, can you tell from the photo what species this leafhopper is? I had never seen one before and would like to know for the future. Thanks very much for your time.

 
phew!
thanks andy. i knew you'd not only set the record straight, but explain why.

 
Thanks for helping me figure
Thanks for helping me figure this out, Bennett. What a great learning tool this web site is. I love it!

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