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Scientific Name: Stephanitis takeyai
Common Name: Lace Bug
Stephanitis takeyai, sometimes known as the Andromeda or Pieris Lace Bug, is a fairly recent arrival in the UK and was first recorded in 1998. It is native to Japan, where it feeds on Pieris japponica and has been introduced into the USA and Europe via the plant trade. As well as Pieris, it also uses rhododendron and azaleas as hostplants and is regarded as a pest in ornamental gardens.
Another introduced species, S. rhododendri also feeds on Rhododendron and is found locally in southern England. This species is similar in size and shape, but has mainly pale wings with a narrow brownish band near the base.
Found originally in south-east England but now expanding northwards (this was photographed in my garden in Wolverhampton), there are several generations per year, the bug overwintering as eggs. Adult: June-November at least, and measuring roughly 3/4mm in length.
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