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Graphocephala versuta - Versute Sharpshooter



© Kyle Kittelberger- blue and red
individual

© Ken Childs- green and orange individual,
typical form

© Paul Scharf- pair mating
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Cicadellinae
Identification
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Description: A species with a couple color forms. The typical form (green and orange) has green forewings with several black tooth-like markings at the tip. There is a pale blue stripe, sometimes bordered on both sides by an orange stripe, that runs diagonally across the wing. The scutellum is yellow with several thin black lines, and the pronotum is green. The top of the head is light brown or orangish with a pale blue stripe along midline; hindwings are dark reddish-brown. Another form (blue and red) has mostly blue to turquoise forewings with bold red diagonal stripes. The scutellum is reddish and the top of the head and parts of the thorax are also red. Adults of both color forms are about 6 mm in length. See here for a neat picture of the two color forms mating. (BG)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Out of State Record(s)
Distribution: A very common and widespread species, found from the Northeast to the Southeast and west to Texas, with some recent records from California. It ranges into Central America as far south as Costa Rica (BG).
Abundance: A very common species, recorded across the state; often occurs in large numbers.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been recorded in the state in a variety of habitats, including grassy/brushy/field-type habitats as well as forest edge and mixed hardwood forest.
Plant Associates: Blackberry, grape, honeysuckle, privet (Ligustrum spp.), cherry and various other deciduous trees (BG). Has also been found on sweetgum, poplar, and magnolia, and has been recorded from Ambrosia, Brassica, Juniperus, Medicago, Trifolium pratense, Juglans, Platanus, Populus, Salix, and Vitis (DL).
Behavior: This species can have up to four generations per year and overwinters as an adult (BG). Can be attracted with a black light at night.
Comment: Some individuals of this species 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 (BG).
Status: Native

Species Photo Gallery for Graphocephala versuta Versute Sharpshooter

Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Spotted on Magnolia Leaf
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: must have followed me into my house; found on my computer
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Halifax Co.
Comment: grassy, field type habitat near mixed hardwood forest
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: These color variation of the common G. versuta were all on the same plant as the common color form.
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: These color variation of the common G. versuta were all on the same plant as the common color form.
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: These color variation of the common G. versuta were all on the same plant as the common color form.
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: These color variations of the common G. versuta were all on the same plant as the common color form.
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: These color variations of the common G. versuta were all on the same plant as the common color form.
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Ken Childs
Out Of State Co.
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Photo by: T. DeSantis
Camden Co.
Comment: DISW
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping . Released in same condition
Photo by: Tracy S. Feldman
Durham Co.
Comment: unid_leafhopper
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Weedy area near hardwood forest edge.
Photo by: Randy L Emmitt
Durham Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Randy L Emmitt
Durham Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Maria de Bruyn
Orange Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Maria de Bruyn
Orange Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
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Photo by: T. DeSantis
Durham Co.
Comment: ENRI
Photo by: FKW
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI
Photo by: Tracy S. Feldman
Scotland Co.
Comment: I did collect this one. - unid_leafhopper
Photo by: Tracy S. Feldman
Scotland Co.
Comment: I did not collect this one. - unid_leafhopper
Photo by: Tracy S. Feldman
Durham Co.
Comment: unid_leafhopper
Photo by: Hunter Phillips
Onslow Co.
Comment: unid_leafhopper
Photo by: Amanda Auxier
Pender Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: hiding in wingstem plants. - unid_leafhopper
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: My first time to see any hoppers mating!
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: Hopping from rhododendron leaf to leaf!