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Smoke Tree Sharpshooter (September 30, 2015)

We received the following insect image from an Arizona Western College student for identification. The insect was found in the crop of jojoba. Our Entomologist Extension Specialist Dr. John Palumbo suggested to obtain specimens for additional observations. Considering the location and crop found we believe it is the Smoke Tree Sharpshooter Homalodisca lacerta, a leafhopper from the family cicadellidae. It damages the crop by inserting its proboscis and removing plant fluids. It has been identified to be a vector of plant diseases like Pierce's disease of grapes.
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