Wanted: Invasive Sycamore Lacebug on London Plane Trees

Wanted: Invasive Sycamore Lacebug on London Plane Trees - Southern Africa : Wanted: Invasive Sycamore Lacebug on London Plane Trees In 2013 an invasive lacebug (Sycamore Lacebug, Corythucha ciliata) was recorded from the underside of London Plane trees (Platanus x acerifolia) in Cape Town. The small bugs live

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Wanted: Invasive Sycamore Lacebug on London Plane Trees

In 2013 an invasive lacebug (Sycamore Lacebug, Corythucha ciliata) was recorded from the underside of London Plane trees (Platanus x acerifolia) in Cape Town. The small bugs live in colonies under plane tree leaves, and cause ‘bronzing’ of parts of the leaf. This is the first record of this invasive species in Africa.

Professors Mike Picker and Charles Griffiths are currently studying this invasion, and would be very interested in additional records of this species. If you do notice colonies of these bugs on plane trees in your area, please post your images on iSpot and the identifications will be confirmed.

Alternatively write with images to Professor Mike Picker : [email protected]

See any observations of the Lacewing so far:

http://www.ispot.org.za/search/determination/Corythucha%20ciliata
(soon http://www.ispot.org.za/search/species_dictionary/Corythucha%20ciliata)
See any observations of London Plane so far: http://www.ispot.org.za/species_dictionary/Platanus or
http://www.ispot.org.za/search/determination/Platanus%20x%20acerifolia

05 Mar 2014
Tony Rebelo