Common Name: Lace Bug
Length: 5 mm or less
Time of year seen: May
Foliage of trees and shrubs
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