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Identifying Sharpshooters

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  • Glassy-winged sharpshooter
  • Blue-green sharpshooter
  • Green sharpshooter
  • Red-headed sharpshooter

Use the photos below to identify any glassy-winged, blue-green, green, or red-headed sharpshooters caught in sticky traps in and around your vineyard. Names link to more information on identification and management.

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Glassy-winged sharpshooter
Glassy-winged sharpshooter
Identification tip: The adult is a large insect compared to other leafhoppers, at about 0.5 inch long. It is generally dark brown or black when viewed from the top or side.

Blue-green sharpshooter
Blue-green sharpshooter
Identification tip: The adult has green to bright-blue wings, head, and thorax, with yellow legs. It is about 0.25 inch long.


Comparing sharpshooters:
Sharpshooter comparison
Identification tip: The glassy-winged sharpshooter adult (above) is much bigger than the blue-green sharpshooter adult (below).

Sharpshooter comparison
Identification tip: Glassy-winged sharpshooters caught on a yellow-sticky card.
Green sharpshooter
Green sharpshooter
Identification tip:
The green sharpshooter is about 1/4 to 1/3 inch long and usually bright green (spring and summer) in color.
Redheaded sharpshooter
Red-headed sharpshooter
Identification tip:
This sharpshooter is about 1/4 inch long and similar in appearance to the green sharpshooter except that it has reddish coloration on the front tip of its head.

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