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    Whats it to ya? Finch's Avatar
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    I have a love/hate relationship with leafhoppers. The big ones are always really cool, but the stupid things gave my 'Purple dome' plant Aster Yellows disease. Leahoppers are like plant fleas! I loved that plant, it was really starting to reach its prime and there is no cure for viral deseases so I had to rip it out. I have yet to find another locally.
    that makes no logic

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    Love those reticulated eyeballs! Or are the eyes the smaller black dots that are more centered, or are both sets of eyes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWurm View Post
    Ah, with the leafhopper clue, I was able to get a positive ID. This is Homalodisca vitripennis, the Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter.

    Jason
    Good sleuthing there, Jason.

    Plenty of photos to be found here:
    http://bugguide.net/node/view/53860/bgimage

    They are in the same super Family (Cicadoidea) as cicadas.

    The Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter is native to the South East United States and have been introduced to other areas of the country, including Southern California. Since they vector many plant diseases they are a potential agricultural threat.

    http://acwm.co.la.ca.us/scripts/glassyW.htm
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    The big ones are the eyes, at least the main ones.
    I have always wondered about the small dots too.
    An extra set of eyes like on a spider? Don't know.
    Cicadas have something similar.

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    perhaps they are amodified antennas, as the bug doesn't seem to have any!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketcaver View Post
    The big ones are the eyes, at least the main ones.
    I have always wondered about the small dots too.
    An extra set of eyes like on a spider? Don't know.
    Cicadas have something similar.
    I was wondering if they might be some sort of sensory organs.

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    Ah, here we are: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocelli#Dorsal_Ocelli

    Bugs are cool.

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