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Species Homalodisca vitripennis - Glassy-winged Sharpshooter

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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 (True Hoppers)
Infraorder Cicadomorpha
Superfamily Membracoidea (Leafhoppers and Treehoppers)
Family Cicadellidae (Typical Leafhoppers)
Subfamily Cicadellinae (Sharpshooters)
Tribe Proconiini
Genus Homalodisca
Species vitripennis (Glassy-winged Sharpshooter)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Homalodisca coagulata (Say 1832)
Explanation of Names
Homalodisca vitripennis (Germar 1821)
vitripennis = 'glassy wing'
Size
11-14 mm
Identification
Flattened head and "glassy" wing patches, and head with pale spots on dark ground. Separated from the smoke-tree sharpshooter as shown here.
Range
s. US (TX-FL-VA, AR) & Mex.(1), introduced in sw. US (CA-AZ) (BG data)
Remarks
A major vector of Pierce's disease on grape. Usually not a serious pest within its native range, southeastern US. This species was accidentally introduced into so. California in the early 1990s, probably with ornamental or agricultural stock. There, it has become a serious threat to viticulture.(2)
The biggest problem is that it can spread the disease-causing bacterium Xylella fastidiosa.
The most important biocontrols are egg-parasite wasps in the genus Gonatocerus. Spiders, assassin bugs, and praying mantis prey on the mobile forms.
See Also
Homalodisca liturata. Its is covered with wavy, light-colored lines, rather than spots.
Print References
Takiya D.M., McKamey S.H., Cavichiloi R.R. (2006) Validity of Homalodisca and of H. vitripennis as the name for glassy-winged sharpshooter (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Cicadellinae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 99: 648-655 (Full text)
Internet References