UCCE Sonoma County
University of California
UCCE Sonoma County

GWSS Look-a-likes

Insects Resembling Glassy-winged Sharpshooter

Click on images to enlarge
Similar Characteristics Distinguishing Characteristics

Cicada adult
  • Clear membraneous wings.
  • Piercing, sucking mouthparts.
  • Wings folded at an angle, forming a roof or tent over the body.
  • Larger in size, 1 to 2 inches long.
  • Well-developed first pair of legs (expanded front tibia).

Spittlebug adult
  • Some have similar coloration, variable from brownish yellow to rusty brown.
  • Some approximately same size or smaller size.
  • Piercing, sucking mouthparts.

Click Beetle Adult
  • Brown Coloration
  • Elongate-narrow body.
  • May attain length of 1/2 inch (13 mm).
  • Front wings hard and opaque
  • Chewing-type mouthparts (mandibulate).
  • Narrow gap between and thorax (trunk) and abdomen.
  • Posterior corners of the thorax prolonged backward into sharp points.

Twig Borer Adult
  • Dark brown coloration.
  • Cylindrical in shape.
  • Approximately same size, 3/8 to 3/5 inch (8 to 16 mm).
  • Front wings are hard and opaque.
  • Chewing-type mouthparts (mandibulate).
  • Thorax wider near the head than at its base.


University of California Cooperative Extension, Sonoma County
133 Aviation Blvd Suite 109, Santa Rosa, CA 95403  Phone: 707.565.2621  Fax: 707.565.2623
Office Hours:  M-F, 8am-Noon & 1pm-4pm

Like us on Facebook: UCCE Sonoma                        Follow us on Twitter @UCCESonoma 

Webmaster Email: klgiov@ucanr.edu