n African Entomology - Sycamore tree lace bug ( Say) (Hemiptera: Tingidae) reaches Africa : short communication




In February 2014 colonies of a large and conspicuous lacebug (Fig. 1A) were collected from the undersides of the leaves of London plane trees () in the suburb of Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa. Infected leaves could easily be identified by their characteristic bronzed appearance (Fig. 1B). The lace bugs were subsequently identified as (Say) using keys to North American species (Mead 1989) and economically important tingids of the world (Stonedahl et al. 1992). species have high host-specificity, whilst is the only lace bug known to feed on species (sycamores) - this association is thus considered to be diagnostic for the species (CABI 2014). has a broad native range across the eastern parts of North America and Canada, where it is largely monophagous on (sycamore) trees, with being its main host. However, it also occurs on hybrids, and in invasive parts of its range feeds on and (the hybrid between and (CABI 1984).


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