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Oncometopia orbona - Broad-headed Sharpshooter



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- top view

© Kyle Kittelberger- nymph
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Cicadellinae
Identification
Online Photographs: BugGuide                                                                                  
Description: One of our most recognizable, distinct leafhoppers and also one of the largest in the state at 11-12mm (BG). This species has a mostly blue body with black markings; the color is typically a light blue, but some individuals can also appear dark blue. The tip of the wings are a solid dark, blackish color. The front of the head, as well as the scutellum, legs, and underside of the body are yellow. The nymph shares a similar body shape to the adults, especially the head. Nymphs typically have a mostly greenish body, especially the abdomen, with a pale head; the eyes are dark, sometimes red.
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: A common and widespread species, recorded throughout the eastern U.S., from Texas through the Southeast and parts of the Central U.S., northeast to Pennsylvania (per Bugguide records). BG
Abundance: Very common species, has been recorded throughout the Piedmont and Coastal Plain, as well as in the Mountains.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: A common inhabitant of grassy, field-type, brushy habitat as well as forest edge. Has also been found in mixed hardwood forests and pine forests.
Plant Associates: This species is host to dozens of plant species, including Silphium integrifolium and Catalpa. For a complete list of host plants, see this page: host plants. Has been found on pickerel weed before.
Behavior: This species forages on herbaceous plants in the warmer months in grassy, brushy habitats and moves to forests in the Fall where it lives on trees and shrubs behavior. Can be attracted at night with black lights.
Comment: O. orbona is a vector of the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa, which causes Pierce's disease on grapes. BHSS
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Oncometopia orbona Broad-headed Sharpshooter

Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Female , White pouch is wax she secrets to protect her eggs. Caught while sweeping
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood forest habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger
Wake Co.
Comment: pine forest habitat; a nymph
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: tall grassy habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: tall grassy habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Paul Scharf
Wake Co.
Comment: tall grassy habitat
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Orange Co.
Comment: Field habitat with a sweetgum edge
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: NYNPH, Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: NYMPH, Spotted on Unknown Plant Stem
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Halifax Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Halifax Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Halifax Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Nymph, Caught sweeping
Photo by: T. DeSantis
Camden Co.
Comment: DISW - Boardwalk
Photo by: Paul Scharf, B.Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: Nymph, Caught Sweeping
Photo by: Britta Muiznieks
Dare Co.
Comment:
Photo by: j.wyche
Gates Co.
Comment: MEMI
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Caught sweeping
Photo by: Roger Shaw
Wake Co.
Comment:
Photo by: R Emmitt
Durham Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Tracy S. Feldman
Scotland Co.
Comment: unid_planthopper
Photo by: Tracy S. Feldman
Scotland Co.
Comment: unid_planthopper
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Greenway - weedy edge near woods.
Photo by: R Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: landed on the sheet walked to the top and left the scene.
Photo by: L. Amos
Warren Co.
Comment: KELA
Photo by: Dorothy E. Pugh
Carteret Co.
Comment: FOMA
Photo by: Hunter Phillips
Onslow Co.
Comment:
Photo by: R Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: Landed several times on the box elder leaves.
Photo by: Jacob Lemberg
Granville Co.
Comment: Insect was shy, moved to opposite side of leaf when I tried to photograph.
Photo by: Tracy S. Feldman
Wake Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Tracy S. Feldman
Wake Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Randy Emmitt
Orange Co.
Comment: Moving in and out of holes in cucumber leaves
Photo by: vin stanton
Buncombe Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Vin Stanton
Buncombe Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Ken Kneidel
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment:
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28477234
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28477234
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28705630
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28705630
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28970631
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28970631
Photo by: Margarita Lankford
Orange Co.
Comment: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28970631
Photo by: Jim Petranka
Madison Co.
Comment: