How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Pest identification and confirmation—Sharpshooters

Sharpshooters and other leafhoppers may sometimes be confused with other insects, such as cicadas, planthoppers, spittlebugs, or treehoppers. One or more long rows of spines on the hind legs of leafhoppers and sharpshooters and characters on their head distinguish leafhoppers from most other insects they resemble. Sharpshooters are often larger than other leafhoppers.

Spines on leafhopper leg
Spines along entire length of hind leg on adult leafhopper

Spines on leg of blue-green sharpshooter
Spines along length of hind legon adult blue-green sharpshooter

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