Lace Bug
 
Location: Calgary, AB
Date: May 30, 2007
               
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Lace Bug

Common Name:  Lace Bug

Latin Name:  Family Tingidae
                        (R. Bercha, det.)

Length:  5 mm or less

Range: Alberta

Habitat:  Various

Time of year seen:  May to September

Diet: Foliage of trees and shrubs

Other: Lace Bugs are minute insects with an intricate lacelike pattern of groves on their wings and pronotum.  The wings are partially transparent making them difficult to spot on vegetation.  They feed on the stems and the  undersides of leaves producing off white/yellowish spots on the tops of the leaves.   Many are host specific, preferring one species of tree or plant.  Occasionally they can cause extensive defoliation.  There are at least 150 species in North America. (Eaton et al, 2007 & Borror et al, 1970)  Natural enemies of Lace Bugs include Ladybugs, Green Lacewings and Assassin Bugs.

 
         
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