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lacey-winged bug - Corythucha associata

lacey-winged bug - Corythucha associata
Milton, Massachusetts, USA
May 11, 2005
Size: 5mm

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C. associata vs. C. cerasi?
I have been going back and forth between the C. associata and C. cerasi photos and I cannot grok the difference between the two. If you find the lacebugs on black cherry (Prunus serotina) how would you know which one is which, the photos look identical and they apparently have the same host plant...

Corythucha species
Several are shown at Cedar Creek. Apparently, these guys are host-specific; what species of tree did you find this one on?

 
Corythucha
Indeed, most lace bugs are host specific, but don't be fooled by that, some feed on a great number of hosts, and sometimes completely unrelated plants as well. I suspect this one might be C. associata Osborn and Drake, its preferred host is cherry. My other guess would be C. aesculi, the buckeye (Aesculus octandra) lace bug, if you have buckeye trees in Massachusetts.

 
Corythucha associata
There were plenty of cherry trees around, and no buckeyes. Thanks for checking out the Lace bugs, and getting this down to species.

 
no tree
I found it on my pants when I got in my car. I don't think that helps.

Lace Bug (Tingidae) ...
.... and a Fantastik Foto, Tom! See Bohrer and White pg. 120. Some species, unlike this one have a lacey covering over the head also.