Subject: Please ID
Location: Paramount CA
July 27, 2016 7:05 pm
Its late July when I felt something near my armpits the stretch mark area there was something ive never seen and I know more than your average person about wild life.
This is a Glassy Winged Sharpshooter, Homalodisca vitripennis, and according to BugGuide: “A major vector of Pierce’s disease on grape. Usually not a serious pest within its native range, southeastern US. This species was accidentally introduced into so. California in the early 1990s, probably with ornamental or agricultural stock. There, it has become a serious threat to viticulture. The biggest problem is that it can spread the disease-causing bacterium Xylella fastidiosa.”
Thanks for your service. Should I see a doctor?
While we cannot say for certain if you have cause to see a doctor, your interaction with this Glassy Winged Sharpshooter is no cause for concern. The bacterium mentioned is a disease agent for grape vines, not people.