Spear Thistle Lacebug - Tingis cardui

    Description

    Length 3-4 mm. Tingis species are grey-brown lacebugs which are covered in white powdery deposits made of wax. The 4th antennal segment is clearly broader than 3rd and there are three frontal processes (small projections arising from the front of the head between the antennae). They are always fully-winged. It is distinguished by the black-tipped antennae and tibiae and by the 2-3 rows of meshes at the edge of the pronotum and along the margins of the forewings. The two projections arising just behind the eyes (occipital processes) are very short, and do not extend beyond the frontal processes.

    Similar Species

    Tingis ampliata is very similar and best distinguished by noting the host plant (Creeping Thistle).

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Anywhere that Spear Thistle the host plant grows.

    When to see it

    Adult: All year round

    Life History

    Overwinters as an adult and lays eggs on the foodplant Spear Thistle in the spring and early summer. Larvae June-September; the new adult generation is complete from July onwards.

    UK Status

    Fairly common throughout most of Britain

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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