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 from other Tingis species by the four 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) extend beyond the base of the frontal processes.
Tingis cardui (Spear Thistle Lace-bug) is very similar and is best distinguished by noting the host plant.
Found on Creeping Thistle, the host plant.
Adult: all year round.
Overwinters as an adult and aggregates on the foodplant in the spring and early summer, when mating takes place. Larvae are found June-September; the new adult generation is complete from August onwards.
Tingis ampliata is found commonly throughout southern and central England.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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