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Azalea Lace Bug (Stephanitis pyrioides)

Order: Hemiptera (he-MIP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Tingidae
Genus: Stephanitis
Species: pyrioides


No positives
No neutrals
2 negatives


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Winter Garden, Florida
Athens, Georgia
Owensboro, Kentucky
Cleveland, Ohio
Butler, Pennsylvania
Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Saint Thomas, Pennsylvania

Member Notes:

Negative iris28 On Oct 6, 2008, iris28 from (dana)Owensboro, KY
(Zone 6a) wrote:

my big azalea was infested with these :'(

Negative dblovesplants On Jan 25, 2009, dblovesplants from Saint Thomas, PA wrote:

These bugs are a real nuisance on my Azalea bushes. Almost killed all of my Azaleas. These bugs hide under the leaves and suck the juices out. Spread very fast. Look for white stippling on top of leaves and a black tarry like fecal matter under the leaves. Spray under the leaves with insecticidal soap or other approved insecticide.

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