Subject L: What’s this?
Geographic location of the bug: Peoria, AZ
Time: 12:54 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Just wondering what kind of bug this is? Landed on my patio table, lived in Arizona my whole life and never seen one.
How you want your letter signed: Jenn
This is a Glassy Winged Sharpshooter and here is an image from BugGuide for comparison. 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.
The most important biocontrols are egg-parasite wasps in the genus Gonatocerus. Spiders, assassin bugs, and praying mantis prey on the mobile forms.“