Azalea Lace Bug belongs to the Hemiptera order and Tingidae family under insect classification. It is commonly found on the leaves underside of Azalea, which is extensively planted in Hong Kong. Azalea Lace Bug mainly stays on the leaf underside, extracts plant fluid, and excrete on the same place, causing small rusty yellow dots appear on the leaf upper surface. Azalea Lace Bug is tiny and compressed, body length is about 3.4mm. It is so named because there is a crown-like structure on its head and its wings are lace-like. It is so named because its wings are lace-like.
|Infected Azalea leaves
|Dorsal view of an Azalea Lace Bug
|Lateral view of an Azalea Lace Bug
Information and photos are provided by Ho Koon Nature Education cum Astronomical Centre