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Avocado Lace Bug

Class:  Insecta(Real insects), Order: Hemiptera(Half-wings), superfamily: Tingoidea, Family: Tingidae, Genus: Pseudacysta, Species:
Pseudacysta perseae (Hemiptera: Tingidae)
Source of new pest alert: Janis N. Matsunaga - Entomologist
Plant Pest Control Branch - Hawaii Department of Ag.

A new pest of avocado has been identified on Oahu, Hawaii. Pseudacysta perseae (Hemiptera: Tingidae), avocado lace bug, is a new state record for Hawaii and was first detected in Pearl City in December 2019. It has also been found in the Waialua area.

Please report any new infestations to Hawaii Department of Agriculture, Plant Pest Control Branch. We are determining distribution and would like to prevent the spread of this new invasive species.

New Pest Advisory for the Avocado Lace Bug 3-31-2020
Avocado Lace Bug Field ID Photo Guide

Plants Affected
  • Avocado (Persea Americana), red bay (Persea borbonia), and camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)
Symptoms and Damage to Look For
  • Yellow blotching and chlorosis, scorching on leaves

  • Early leaf drop

  • Undersides of leaves with black feces and eggs

  • Adults and nymphs on the undersides of leaves