Location: San Diego, CA
March 2, 2012 2:01 pm
Hello bugman. Will you kindly tell me what to call this little thing? He is here in San Diego, CA on my butterfly bush. He is very small but very brightly colored. His little yellow legs are so very pretty.
Signature: Thank you, Teddi
Your insect is one of the Leafhoppers known as Sharpshooters. We have identified your individual as a Blue-Green Sharpshooter, Hordnia atropunctata, thanks to the comprehensive archive on BugGuide which states: “vector of Pierce’s disease of grape in coastal CA.” Because Leafhoppers have sucking mouthparts, they are capable of spreading plant viruses from plant to plant.