2mm insect found in the forest.
It is a Lace Bug, family: tingidae
Very small, but quite abundant.
Italy, Tuscany, Siena
August 9, 2013
A close-up of an unknown lace bug.
Taken at night with a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens.
I was surprised to see a few of these on arrow leaf balsam root this late in the growing season.
Adult bugs on woolly nightshade outside the greenhouses of the Tamaki campus of Landcare Research. These bugs were released as a biocontrol agent for this weed, and they have defoliated the plants. Landcare Research entomologist Chris Winks told me that the bugs are proving very good at defoliating the woolly nightshades in the shade, but not so much the robust plants growing out in the open.
Location: Europe > Portugal > Algarve
Date Photo Taken: May 31, 2013
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