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  • Broad-Headed Sharpshooter - (Oncometopia orbona)

    Broad-Headed Sharpshooter - (Oncometopia orbona)

    The Broad-Headed Sharpshooter is a type of Leafhopper with vibrant colors and a .

    Picture of Broad-Headed Sharpshooter
    Staff Writer (8/11/2017): The noggin of the Broad-Headed Sharpshooter is wide and bulky. It may get the second part of its moniker from its ability to dart through the air like a speeding bullet. It can also fire out a stream of liquid waste at predators and threats. Some adults are a bright blue with yellow bumps near the head. Some are more green. All are eventually covered in dark speckles, giving their wings a rustic appearance.

    Females lay eggs on plant stems and cover them with a waxy-looking substance that she collects from her excretory system. This collection looks like a white spot on the side of the wing. It is believed to help keep the eggs moist and protect them from the elements and desiccation. This species feeds on plants and can be found in the warmer states of the U.S. and in Mexico.

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    Broad-Headed Sharpshooter

    Category: Cicada and Planthopper
    Common name: Broad-Headed Sharpshooter
    Scientific Name: Oncometopia orbona

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Hemiptera
          Family: Cicadellidae
           Genus: Oncometopia
            Species: orbona

    Size (Adult, Length): 11mm to 12mm (0.43in to 0.47in)

    Identifying Colors: green, blue, yellow

    Additional Descriptors: speckled, spot, jumping, hopping, blue, green, flying, fast

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Mississippi; Missouri; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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