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Lace Bug (Corythucha spp.)


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



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Piercing mouthparts allow Lace Bugs to drain fluids from leaves, diminishing the plant's facade without limiting its overall health.



Updated: 07/06/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.




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: spp.
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Corythucha spp.
Category: True Bug
Size (Adult; Length): 3mm to 8mm (0.11" to 0.31")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black, tan, brown
Descriptors: delicate, flying, spotted, wide, see-through, transparent, pest
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 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 Lace Bug. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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