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  Sycamore Lace Bug (Corythucha ciliata)





Sycamore Lace Bug | Corythucha ciliata photo
Sycamore Lace Bug

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Sycamore Lace Bug | Corythucha ciliata photo
Sycamore Lace Bug

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SYCAMORE LACE BUG FACTS

Identification
The Sycamore Lace Bug is a North American pest of plane trees (Sycamore trees) that has been introduced into Australia. It is a white bug with brown markings. The body has short spiky hairs around the perimeter. The bug has scalloped decorations on the back giving them the common name of lace bug. They usually walk rather than fly, although they can fly well. Nymphs are often found with adults - they are smaller with dark and light bands and feed on leaves near where the eggs were laid.

Size
length 3.5mm

Food
They feed mainly on Plane trees (Sycamore) - Planatus occidentalis and P. orientalis. Adults and nymphs feed on the underside of leave, causing stippling, chlorosis and premature leaf drop.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hemiptera
Family:Tingidae
Genus:Corythucha
Species:ciliata
Common Name:Sycamore Lace Bug