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Lace Bug
(John Obermeyer, Purdue University)
Common Name: Lace Bug

Order: Hemiptera

Family: Tingidae

Pest Status: Lace bugs can cause serious damage to nursery and ornamental plants.

Appearance: Lace bugs are small insects (1/4 to 1/8-inch long), broad, flattened, and somewhat rectangular in shape. Their bodies are usually brown or black, but their wings are partially transparent and lace-like.

Life Cycle: The female lays her eggs on the lower leaf surface and covers them with a brown substance. Most species have five nymphal instars before becoming adults. Each generation, from egg to adult, takes approximately one month. There may be three to five generations per year.

Where to Collect: Lace bugs attack a wide range of deciduous trees and shrubs.