The small, dainty Hazelnut Lace Bug comes from a family known to be garden and agricultural pests.
Most Lace Bugs are very partial to one type of plant. For this species, it seems to prefer the Hazelnut tree. They are small and difficult to see because part of their wings are transparent. These broad wings are covered in a network of thin veins, giving them a delicate appearance. A thick black band at the base and near the bottom edge adds the only color to them. Each side of the head has a rounded lacy outcropping.
Adults eat the bottoms of leaves and suck juices from the host plant, often creating white spots on the tops of the leaves. Their small fecal pellets will also dot the leaves and the stems. An infestation of Hazelnut Lace Bugs could cause a substantial amount of damage to the tree. Like many other plant bugs, the larvae look very different from adults. They are spiky and dark, unlike their daintier adult form. They hatch from inside the leaves, where females embed their eggs. This also causes plant damage.
Scientific Name: Corythucha coryli
Size (Adult; Length): 3mm to 8mm (0.12in to 0.31in)
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