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Hazelnut Lace Bug (Corythucha coryli)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Hazelnut Lace Bug



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The small, dainty Hazelnut Lace Bug comes from a family known to be garden and agricultural pests.



Updated: 01/22/2019; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Hemiptera
        Family: Tingidae
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          Genus: Corythucha
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            Species: coryli
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Corythucha coryli
Category: True Bug
Size (Adult; Length): 3mm to 8mm (0.11" to 0.31")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black, brown
Descriptors: transparent, lacy, flying, striped
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 3mm (0.1in) and 8mm (0.3in)
Lo: 3mm
Md: 5.5mm
Hi: 8mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Hazelnut Lace Bug may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Hazelnut Lace Bug. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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