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Genus Leptoypha

Lace Bug - Leptoypha mutica Lace Bug - Leptoypha mutica Tingidae - Leptoypha costata lace bug - Leptoypha Leptoypha barberi Lacebug North Central TX - Leptoypha elliptica True Bug from Clover Lick - Leptoypha mutica Lace Bug - Leptoypha costata
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Cimicomorpha
Superfamily Miroidea
Family Tingidae (Lace Bugs)
Subfamily Tinginae
Tribe Tingini
Genus Leptoypha
Explanation of Names
Leptoypha Stål 1873
9 spp. in our area(1), 17 total(2)
2-4 mm
Adult: body elongate, light to dark brown or reddish-brown; pronotum humped, with single dorsal ridge in midline but lacking pronotal hood and lateral expansions characteristic of other lace bugs; antennae thick, 4-segmented, with 3rd segment 3-5 times longer than basal segment
Nymph: body oblong, yellowish-brown; lateral margins of thorax and abdomen with short stout spines; wingpads dark-tipped, present in last two instars only
widespread in the New World & E. Asia(2); in our area, e. Canada (QC-SK) & much of the US(3)(4), but only two species in the Northeast (L. costata and L. mutica) --L. Miller's comment
on leaves of host plants in summer; leaf litter in winter
adults Apr-Nov in the south, Jun-Sep in the north; nymphs Jul-Sep
nymphs and adults feed on leaves of Chionanthus, Forestiera, Ceanothus, Fraxinus, Populus, etc.(4)
Life Cycle
two generations per year in the south; probably one in the north; overwinter as adults in leaf litter
Print References
Internet References
Fact sheet (Wheeler 2005)
Works Cited
1.Catalog of the Heteroptera, or True Bugs of Canada and the Continental United States
Thomas J. Henry, Richard C. Froeschner. 1988. Brill Academic Publishers.
2.Guilbert E. (2013) Lace bugs database
3.Checklist of the Hemiptera of Canada and Alaska
Maw, H.E.L., R.G. Foottit, K.G.A. Hamilton and G.G.E. Scudder. 2000. NRC Research Press.
4.Heteroptera of economic importance
Schaefer C.W., Panizzi A.R. (eds). 2000. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 828 pp.
5.Key to the Nearctic species of Leptoypha and Leptostyla (Heteroptera Tingidae)
McAtee W.L. 1917. Bull. Brooklyn Ent. Soc. 12: 55-64.
6.Leptoypha elliptica McAtee and L. ilicis Drake (Hemiptera: Tingidae): new distribution records of seldom-collected lace bugs...
Wheeler A.G. 2002. Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash. 104: 687-691.