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Species Vatiga illudens - Cassava Lace Bug

Vatiga illudens Vatiga illudens Vatiga illudens
Classification
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 Vatiga
Species illudens (Cassava Lace Bug)
Explanation of Names
Vatiga illudens (Drake)
Size
adults 3-4 mm(1)
Range
West Indies & n. S. America to Brazil; in our area, so. FL (adventive)(1)
Food
host: Manihot esculenta(1)
Remarks
pest of cassava in the Neotropics; earliest record in our area: FL 2009(1)
Internet References
Fact sheet by S. Halbert(1)