The invasive creature known as Glassy-winged sharpshooter


The Glassy-winged sharpshooter also know as the Homalodisca vitripennis is an animal and a terrestrial pest. They are about 1⁄2 inch long and are generally dark brown to black when viewed from the top or side. The wings are clear with red venation, but appear dark brown due to the body coloration beneath them.

They are native to the desert region of southern California.


It damages a variety of plants and spreads lethal diseases to crops such as almonds and grapes for which there are NO KNOWN CURES.

It also dehydrates plants it feeds on, draining life-giving fluids from plants and trees.

A biological control agent is small wasps that are egg parasites in the Gonatocerus genus that attack glassy-winged sharpshooter egg masses starting in spring.

Local agricultural commissioners will treat infestations with various insecticides to eradicate this pest when it is discovered in areas where they are not well estblished.

Cites of information

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"How to Manage Pests"Invasive Species: Animals - Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter (Homalodisca Vitripennis)." Invasive Species: Animals - Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter (Homalodisca Vitripennis). N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2015.." Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Management Guidelines--UC IPM. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2015.

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