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Corythucha spp. Stephanitis spp.
Lace bugs are small soft bodied insects (3mm) with
large lacy wings. All stages of the lace bugs cling
to the underside of the leaf surfaces. As the bugs are
so small they are usually not detected until damage
is noticed on the leaves. The eggs of lace bugs overwinteron
the midveins of leaves before hatching in spring. Lace
bugs are attracted to a wide variety of ornamentals
such as azaleas, rhododendrons, viburnums, flowering
quince, crabapple and cotoneaster.
Because lace bugs suck the juices from the leaf, they
leave white or yellow spots or marks on the upper surface.
This will eventually give a silvery mottled appearance
to the whole leaf if they are allowed to continue feeding.
As the lace bugs feed, they also leave behind tiny black,
hard varnish-like droppings. Once leaf damage has occured
it cannot be reversed, so proactive control measures