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GWSS Look-a-likes

Insects Resembling Glassy-winged Sharpshooter

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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.