Redheaded Sharpshooter – Carneocephala fulgida

Redheaded Sharpshooter – Carneocephalafulgida

Common Name: Redheaded Sharpshooter

Latin Name: Carneocephalafulgida


Redheaded sharpshooters only eat and reproduce in bermudagrass habitats. Grapes serve as an unintentional host for these grass-feeding sharpshooters. Insects typically travel to the east (downwind at dusk) of pastures, weedy hay fields, or other grassy places. When planning a vineyard, keep in mind nearby hay fields or permanent pastures.


Carneocephalafulgida is native to the southeastern United States and northeastern Mexico.

Damages caused by Redheaded Sharpshooter:

Sharpshooter feeding does not harm grapes; nonetheless, these insects transmit the bacteria Xylella fastidiosa, which causes Pierce’s disease in grapes. Green and redheaded sharpshooters are the principal vectors in parts of the Central Valley where the glassy-winged sharpshooter is absent.

Life history and habits:

Every year, three generations of redheaded sharpshooters are born. From late February to early March, they overwinter as adults and deposit eggs. Because overwintering adults do not survive long, the second generation likely occupies the vineyard.