n African Entomology - First record of the lace bug (Hemiptera: Tingidae) as a pest of rosemary in South Africa : short communication

Volume 22, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



The lace bug Stål (Hemiptera: Tingidae) (Fig. 1) was recently observed for the first time feeding in large numbers on rosemary () in home gardens in Stellenbosch, Western Cape Province. It is mostly known as a pest in the Oriental Region where it feeds on many different species of the plant family Lamiaceae (Kumar 2013). In India it is a particularly destructive pest of aromatic and medicinal plants of the genus . These plants are commonly known as 'basil', with and the most widely distributed species (Kumar 2013). It sucks the cell sap from the leaves, causing them to curl, dry and drop off. In Malaysia similar damage, as well as wilting of tender shoots, was observed on , a plant used for making herbal tea (Sajab & Peng 2010). Stonedahl et al. (1992) and Deckert & Göllner-Scheiding (2006) also mention (rosemary) and (sage) as hosts.

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