Broad-headed sharpshooter (Oncometopia orbona), a type of leafhopper, on an eggplant stem in my garden in Portsmouth, Virginia. Please click the photo for an enlarged view.
Leafhoppers make their living by puncturing the stems of plants and sucking the juices. My eggplants are hosting a small colony of these sharpshooters, but they don’t seem to be suffering from the abuse.
According to the entry at bugguide.net, the sharpshooters’ name “refers to their habit of forcing excess water droplets out of the tip of the abdomen with an audible popping noise.” I’ve never heard them make a sound.