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Andromeda lace bug - Stephanitis takeyai
Andromeda lace bug - Stephanitis takeyai

Andromeda lace bug
Stephanitis takeyai
Stephanitis takeyai
Adult specimens can reach body lengths of 3-4 mm. The surface of? their flattened upper body has a lattice-like? structure. They have wax glands, the secretions of which make the surface appear like being powdered. The head of the andromeda lace bug is nearly hidden (under a big, black, bullet-shaped bubble on the neck) . Their antennae are an important identifying characteristic. Their simple eyes (Ocelli) are round and small.
Andromeda lace bug
Andromeda lace bug
The five-sided Pronotum has a (triangular shaped) keel-like ridge, is extended to the rear body, and covers the scutellum (small triangular plate behind the pronotum). The front wings are transparent, shimmering in every colour, and almost cover the entire body. The wings show two very dark ribbons. The membranes are difficult to see under the lattice-like structure of the wings.
The larvae hatch in spring (April or May), although the timing depends on the weather. They feed on the same plants as the adults. Their upper body is covered with spikes of different lengths, which sometimes split into two. The lattice-like structure on the surface of the body (which is characteristic of the species) is not yet apparent on the bodies of the larvae. Like the adult bugs, they are covered with waxy secretions from their glands which make their surface look powdered. The development of the larvae takes place in 5 stages and takes 20 to 70 days depending on climatic conditions Flying larvae are rarely seen. The larvae are not very eager to move and often hide in small cavities or between parts of plants, and when disturbed, show little inclination to leave. The andromeda lace bug is primarily regarded as a crop pest by humans.

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1. Andromeda lace bug - Stephanitis takeyai
2. Stephanitis takeyai
3. Andromeda lace bug
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