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Graphocephala atropunctata

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Graphocephala atropunctata
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Auchenorrhyncha
Family: Cicadellidae
Genus: Graphocephala
G. atropunctata
Binomial name
Graphocephala atropunctata
(Signoret, 1854)
An individual with the back pattern visible
Note the back pattern
  • Hordnia atropunctata

Graphocephala atropunctata, commonly known as the blue-green sharpshooter, is a hemipteran bug native to the United States west coast,[1] as well as Arizona and New Mexico. It carries the phytopathogenic bacteria Xylella fastidiosa which infects the xylem of grape vines causing die-back – known as Pierce's disease. This leads to loss of productivity and economic damage to the California vineyards.[2]


  1. ^ "Blue-green Sharpshooter". School of Biological Sciences,University of California, Irvine. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  2. ^ Anderson, Pamela K.; Cunningham, Andrew A.; Patel, Nikkita G.; Morales, Francisco J.; Epstein, Paul R.; Daszak, Peter (2004). "Emerging infectious diseases of plants: pathogen pollution, climate change and agrotechnology drivers". Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 19 (10). Cell Press: 535–544. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2004.07.021. ISSN 0169-5347. S2CID 12006626.