CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (Homalodisca vitripennis)
This interesting looking and colorful leafhopper is a distant relative of the Cicada although miniscule in comparison. This species can be a major pest outside their native range as they are a vector for Pierce’s disease which affects wine grapes. Unfortunately, the insect was transported into California likely by the nursery trade. (an example of why not to swap plants outside your region). Things are safe at my place because it is native to the southeast and mom nature has natural controls to keep the peace.
parasitic wasps and a fungus that is in the southeast are being explored as biocontrols.
“Muscadine grapes are resistant, and may someday provide resistant rootstocks for the grape industry.”
Shown on Florida Native Plant: GOLDENROD (Solidago sp. likely fistulosa)