Lace bugs are tiny (less than 1 cm), cryptic insects that live on the undersides of leaves. Lace bugs probe leaves with their sucking mouthparts and excrete a sticky honeydew. Typically, we notice the stippling damage visible on the upper side of a leaf or the sticky droplets on our windshield if we park under a lace bug infested tree.
The lace bugs are named for the “lace-like” appearance of the wings. Some parts of the wing are are not pigmented and the clear membrane produces a “lace”appearance. The clear parts of the wing allow an observer to see through the insect to the leaf below. This disrupts the outline of the insect and camouflages the insect.