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Family Tingidae - Lace Bugs

Lace Bug - Corythucha distincta Leptopharsa Lace Bug - Stephanitis takeyai Corythuca species - Corythucha Lace Bug - Corythucha celtidis Tingidae, dorsal - Gargaphia angulata Lace Bug - Gargaphia albescens Corythucha cydoniae? - Corythucha
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)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
Tingidae LaPorte 1832
~165 spp. in 24 genera in our area (all but one in the Tinginae)(1), ~2,350 spp. in >280 genera worldwide(2) arranged in 3 subfamilies(3); at least two of the genera recorded in NA represent adventive European spp. (images: a, b)
3-5 mm (NA)(1), 2-8+ mm worldwide(4)
Adults have a sculptured lacelike pattern of the dorsum; nymphs are usually spiny and black. Other important characters (5):
ocelli absent
beak and antennae four-jointed
scutellum absent or much reduced, replaced by the angular hind portions of the pronotum
tarsi two-jointed
Keys to FL spp. in(6)
Links to images of the missing genera (binomina indicate genera represented in our area by a single species; adventive taxa in brackets): Acanthocheila, Dichocysta pictipes, Galeatus spinifrons, Phymacysta tumida
worldwide and throughout NA(1)
Feed mainly on leaves of trees and shrubs, causing yellow spotting and sometimes browning and death of the leaves(7)
Life Cycle
Eggs usually laid on the underside of leaves near veins(1)
Print References
*Online version here
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.Guilbert E. (2013) Lace bugs database
3.Phylogeny of Cantacaderinae (Het.: Tingidae) revisited after the description of a new genus and new species from New Caledonia
Guilbert E. 2012. Eur. J. Entomol. 109: 111-116.
4.Biodiversity of the Heteroptera
Henry T.J. 2009. In: Foottit R.G., Adler P.H., eds. Insect biodiversity: Science and society. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell: 223-263.
5.An Introduction to Entomology
John Henry Comstock. 1933. The Comstock publishing Co.
6.Key to Tingidae of Florida, by A. Bisson, S. Clark, M. Lehnert, R. Stein
7.Borror and DeLong's Introduction to the Study of Insects
Norman F. Johnson, Charles A. Triplehorn. 2004. Brooks Cole.
8.The Tingitoidea of Ohio (Ohio Biological Survey Bulletin: volume 2 number 4-Bulletin 8)
Osborn, Herbert, and Drake, Carl John. 1916. Ohio State University.
9.Tingoidea of Oklahoma (Hemiptera)
Drew W.A., Arnold D.C. 1977. Proc. Oklahoma Acad. Sci. 57: 29-31.
10.Encyclopedia of Entomology, 2nd ed
Capinera J.L., ed. 2008. Springer, lxiii+4346 pp. (4 vols.).