Tingis ampliata

    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 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.

    Similar Species

    Tingis cardui (Spear Thistle Lace-bug) is very similar and is best distinguished by noting the host plant.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Found on Creeping Thistle, the host plant.

    When to see it

    Adult: all year round.

    Life History

    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.

    UK Status

    Tingis ampliata is found commonly throughout southern and central England.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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