Oncometopia orbona

Broad-headed Sharpshooter

Oncometopia orbona, Broad-headed Sharpshooter, Lateral image

Family: Cicadellidae

Subfamily: Cicadellinae

Length: circa 12 mm


As an adult, Oncometopia orbona is most numerous in June and July, but is still active into the early autumn.

The Broad-headed Sharpshooter is a widespread species found in the eastern, central, and southern United States, as far west as Texas.

Researchers have noted that this species tends to feed on herbaceous plants in meadows and fields, but then returns to more sheltered areas in fall, living on trees and shrubs.

This venerable species was first described by Fabricius in 1798. It is the most common species in the genus.

Face, Oncometopia orbona, Sharpshooter




Right: This female Oncometopia orbona has brachysomes on the side of her forewing; she will scrape these waxy particles off her sides and use them to cover her eggs, offering them protection from desiccation and parasitoid wasps.


American Insects site