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Broad-Headed Sharpshooter (Oncometopia orbona)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Broad-Headed Sharpshooter, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 2/9/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©

  Broad-Headed Sharpshooter  
Picture of Broad-Headed-Sharpshooter-Leafhopper

The vibrant Broad-Headed Sharpshooter is a type of Leafhopper that can always hits its target.

The noggin of the Broad-Headed Sharpshooter is wide and bulky. It has the ability to leap far distances through the air as fast as a speeding bullet and land right where it means to. The green body and brown edges give it a leaf-like appearance. Some adults are a bright blue with yellow bumps near the head. All are eventually covered in dark speckles, giving their wings a worn appearance. Yellow eyes and patches near the head are useful for identification. This species of Leafhopper can fire out a stream of liquid waste at predators and threats, covering them in a mess. The distraction gives the Broad-Headed Sharpshooter time to escape.

Females lay eggs on plant stems and cover them with a waxy-looking substance that she collects from her excretory system. This substance looks like a white spot on the side of her 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.

Broad-Headed Sharpshooter Information

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

Taxonomy Hierarchy

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

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 11 mm to 12 mm (0.429 inches to 0.468 inches)
Identifying Colors: green, blue, yellow
Additional Descriptors: speckled, spot, jumping, hopping, blue, green, flying, fast

North American Territorial 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

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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