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Bean lace bug (253)

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  • Widespread distribution (but not Africa). On beans, bele, breadfruit, eggplant, Hibiscus, and many other hosts. CABI lists soursop and sweetpotato.
  • Nymphs and adults use piercing mouthparts to feed on leaves causing large brown patches on beans, and white spots and whitish-yellow patches on eggplant. Brown faecal spots are present on the underside of leaves.
  • Probably not of economic importance, except in dry weather, when natural enemies low.
  • Natural enemies: parasitoid wasps, assassin bugs, lacewing larvae, ladybird beetles, pirate bugs, and more.
  • Cultural control: create conditions for healthy growth - ensure adequate manures or fertilizer, and water.
  • Chemical control: use soap, white or horticultural oils, or PDPs: neem, derris, chilli or pyrethrum. Alternatively, use synthetic pyrethroids, although they are likely to kill natural enemies.
Common Name

Bean lace bug, cotton lace bug

Scientific Name

 Corythucha gossypii

AUTHOR Grahame Jackson
Information from Corythucha gossypii (2021). Wikipedia. (; and from Belov V (2019) BugGuide. (

Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project PC/2010/090: Strengthening integrated crop management research in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable intensification of high-value crop production, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Photo 3 Mike Furlong, University of Queensland, Brisbane.

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