Smoke Tree Sharpshooter by robv

Smoke Tree Sharpshooter

This is a native leafhopper, Homalodisca lacerta, called a sharpshooter because of their habit of excreting excess fluid as forcibly expelled droplets. With closely related species it transmits an important plant pathogen Xylella fastidiosa, different strains of which cause wilting diseases harming crops and ornamentals.
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December 17th, 2010  
Cool. Some of your photos are very educational
December 17th, 2010  
Excellent close up.
December 17th, 2010  
Very cool!!
December 17th, 2010  
Nice
December 17th, 2010  
Very nice insect shot! So clear & such nice detail. What lens are you using?
December 17th, 2010  
Nasty little devil; but a great-looking insect and a terrific shot.
December 17th, 2010  
Great close up!
December 17th, 2010  
Do they excrete excess fluid when you pick them up or just in general? That eye kind of reminds me of a squid eye for some reason.
December 17th, 2010  
Excellent macro and interesting information on this creature.
December 17th, 2010  
Yikes, and thanks for educating us on what these nasty little things do but a great detailed shot!
December 17th, 2010  
Great capture Robert. The detail is crisp. The color is rich and natural. The quality of light is fantastic.
December 18th, 2010  
Wow looks like an innocent little bug! Cool shot of the nasty little blighter!
December 19th, 2010  
All my years here, and these critters sharing space with me, and I don't even realize they're around. First one I think I've ever seen. Great shot.
December 21st, 2010  
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