Speckled Sharpshooter (Paraulacizes irrorata)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Speckled Sharpshooter (Paraulacizes irrorata)

Sharpshooters can be a pest of plants.

Natural enemies include mantids, dragonflies, spiders; the eggs of sharpshooters are parasitized by wasps in the Gonatocerus genus.

Shown on Florida Native Plant CLIMBING HEMPVINE (Mikania scandens)

Food: Asteraceae: Cirsium altissimum (tall thistle), Cirsium sp., Conyza canadensis (horseweed), Lactuca serriola (prickly lettuce), Silphium integrifolium (wholeleaf rosinweed); Poaceae: Elymus virginicus (Virginia wild rye), Sorghum sp. (cultivated sorghum). (bugguide.net)

Learn: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in611


  1. Loret, I just became acquainted with my first sharpshooter this summer. The one I found is a Oncometopia nigricans. Nice job with your photo. Mine is not quite in focus. They are so tiny! I enjoy seeing what you find everyday!

    • Loret said:

      Thanks Brenda. I don’t think I’ve ever seen O. nigricans. Quite fetching coloring on that one….Now I’m jealous 😉

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