Lace Bugs

Family Tingidae

Get your hand lens out! As Richard Froeschner rightly states, "The beautiful, graceful, and delicate network on veins that led to the common name of "lace bugs" for these small insects (2-5 mm) can be properly appreciated only under magnification" (Henry and Froeschner, 1988).

All Lace Bugs are plant feeders, and many of them will feed on only one group of plants, or even one species.

Many Lace Bug species make their home on the undersides of leaves, often in groups with several adults and a few different instars present at the same time. As long as the leaf is sufficiently healthy, the Lace Bugs can be quite sedentary, perhaps moving only a centimeter or two per day.

While a few introduced Lace Bugs have caused considerable damage to nursery stock, native species do not cause serious harm in most cases. Exceptions include Corythucha cydoniae which attack shrubs in the Rose family, and Gargaphia solani which is a pest of eggplant (Henry and Froeschner, 1988).

Click on the thumbnail to see a larger image with information about the species.

Corythucha aesculi
Corythucha ciliata
Corythucha coryli
Corythucha pruni
Gargaphia tiliae

American Insects