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Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter

Glassy-Winged SharpshooterScientific name: Homalodisca vitripennis (Germar) (Formerly known as Homalodisca coagulata) (Takiya et al. 2006)

Common name: Glassy-winged sharpshooter (GWSS), xylophagous leafhopper

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Native To: Southeastern U.S. (Hoddle et al. 2003)

Date of U.S. Introduction: Introduced to California by 1990 (Blua et al. 1999)

Means of Introduction: Probably arrived in California on nursery stock from the southeastern U.S. (Blua et al. 1999)

Impact: Vector of Pierce's disease (lethal disease of grapevines) (Blua et al. 1999)

Current U.S. Distribution:



Selected Resources:

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Citrus Pests - Glassy-winged sharpshooter
USDA. APHIS. PPQ. CPHST. Identification Technology Program.
See also: Citrus Resource

Invasive Species Compendium - Homalodisca vitripennis
CAB International.

Plantwise Technical Factsheet - Glassy Winged Sharpshooter (Homalodisca vitripennis)
CABI. Plantwise Knowledge Bank.

EPPO Global Database - Homalodisca coagulata
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.

Global Invasive Species Database - Homalodisca coagulata (insect)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Federal Government

The Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (GWSS), Homalodisca coagulata and Xylella fastidiosa: An Emerging Success (PDF | 74 KB)
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

International Government

Emergency Plant Pests and Diseases: Pierce's Disease and Glassy Winged Sharpshooter
Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Australia). Office of Biosecurity.

State Government

Pierce's Disease Control Program
California Department of Food and Agriculture.

New Pest Advisory: Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (Jul 2004; PDF | 78 KB)
Hawaii Department of Agriculture.
See also: New Pest Advisories for information on new pests and diseases that have become established in Hawaii.


Pest Notes: Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
University of California. Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program.
See also: Pest Notes are peer-reviewed scientific publications about specific pests or pest management topics, directed at California's home and landscape audiences.

Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter
University of California - Riverside. Center for Invasive Species Research.

Introduced Species Summary Project - Glassy-winged Sharpshooter, Xylophagous Leafhopper
Columbia University. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.

EDIS - Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source Publication #ENY274


Blua, M., P.P. Phillips, and R.A. Redak. 1999. A new sharpshooter threatens both crops and ornamentals. California Agriculture 53(2):22-25.

Hoddle, M.S., S.V. Triapitsyn, and D.J. Morgan. 2003. Distribution and plant association records for Homalodisca coagulata (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) in Florida. Florida Entomologist 86(1):89-91.

Takiya, D.M., S.H. McKamey, and R.R. Cavichioli. 2006. Validity of Homalodisca and of H. vitripennis as the name for glassy-winged sharpshooter (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Cicadellinae) Annals of the Entomological Society of America 99(4):648-655.

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Last Modified: Apr 12, 2018
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