Random Insect: Lace bug

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Lace bug (Hemiptera: Tingidae) photographed 06/21/2013 near Clayton, Michigan.

Lace bugs (Hemiptera: Tingidae) are some of the tiniest, most delicate creatures I observe on a regular basis. Only a few millimeters in length, the individual shown here was dwarfed by the whorls of my thumb.

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Lace bug (Hemiptera: Tingidae) photographed 06/21/2013 near Clayton, Michigan.

Although small some of these insects are capable of doing significant harm to their host plants. Most feed on trees, and a few species are serious pests. They use their piercing-sucking mouthparts to drain the fluids from leaves, causing them to brown and die. In large groups they’re capable of causing substantial defoliation.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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