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Broad-headed Sharpshooter (Oncometopia orbona)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Broad-headed Sharpshooter

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

Updated: 01/26/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.

General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Hemiptera
        Family: Cicadellidae
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          Genus: Oncometopia
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            Species: orbona
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Oncometopia orbona
Category: Cicada and Planthopper
Size (Adult; Length): 11mm to 12mm (0.43" to 0.47")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green, blue, yellow
Descriptors: speckled, spot, jumping, hopping, blue, green, flying, fast, garden pest

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 11mm (0.4in) and 12mm (0.5in)
Lo: 11mm
Md: 11.5mm
Hi: 12mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Broad-headed Sharpshooter may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Broad-headed Sharpshooter. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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