Andromeda Lacebug - Stephanitis takeyai

    Description

    Length about 4 mm.

    Similar Species

    Another introduced species, Stephanitis rhododendri also feeds on Rhododendron and is found locally in southern England, it is similar in size and shape, but has mainly pale wings with a narrow brownish band near the base. 

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Parks and gardens where the host plants occur.

    When to see it

    Adult: June to November at least.

    Life History

    There are several generations per year, the bug overwintering as eggs. 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.

    UK Status

    This species is a fairly recent arrival in the UK and was first recorded in 1998. Found mainly in south-east England but perhaps more widely now.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map