Piercing mouthparts allow Lace Bugs to drain fluids from leaves, diminishing the plant's facade without limiting its overall health.
Dainty and delicate wings of Lace Bugs resemble fine lace. Almost boxy in shape, the transparent wings have a wide black midline and a black bar crossing near the head and another near the rear. A transparent 'hat' extends around the head. This is a small insect that can be found on plants in all of its life stages. Eggs are laid by females under leaves. Nymphs hatch and join adults in drinking from the leaf they are on. Small black dots of feces on the leaf become visible and the leaf begins to dry out and die. Robbing a plant of it photosynthetic parts can impact the plants overall health, but the Lace Bug is not known to cause much direct damage beyond some leaf drop. A consequence of fewer leaves, however, is increased sun exposure to setting fruit. Some fruit, like avocados, will get sun scorch on their skins as a result.
Despite the impact on leaves, Lace Bugs do not merit an all-out assault by a gardener. If the aesthetics of the affected plant are important, insecticidal soap or neem oil can help prevent further damage. Nothing can repair damaged leaves. A plant can only use more energy to replace them. If the appearance of the plant is not critically important, it is simpler to wait out the Lace Bugs's life cycle and season. Wasps and other natural predators will eventually help control their numbers.
Scientific Name: Corythucha spp.
Size (Adult; Length): 3mm to 8mm (0.12in to 0.31in)
Colors: black, tan, brown
Descriptors: delicate, flying, spotted, wide, see-through, transparent, pest
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