Stephanitis takeyai Drake & Maa, 1955

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English Andromeda lace bug Status LU: casual. 1st record: 2019.
Lëtzebuergesch Andromeda-Netzwanz Status Eur.: established.
Français n/a RA: ISEIA: C1. Harmonia+: n/a.
Deutsch Andromeda-Netzwanze Wikipedia: Wikipedia - English - Andromeda lace bug Wikipedia - Deutsch - Andromeda-Netzwanze Nederlands | Wikispecies: n/a (2020)
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Report Stephanitis takeyai to the National Museum of Natural History.

Brief description

Stephanitis takeyai (Tingidae sp.), Mook, the Netherlands - 2Stephanitis takeyai Drake & Maa, 1955 is a pest insect on plants of the genus Pieris, especially Pieris japonica, the Japanese andromeda. It originated in Japan with its host plant but has since been introduced to other areas of the globe. The andromeda lace bug is about 3 millimeters in length. It has a characteristic rounded pronotum, lacy black and white wings, and shiny gold highlighting. The bug produces mottling on the leaves of the plant, and heavy infestations can cause the leaves to drop in large numbers, stunting the plant’s growth. Both nymph and adult forms damage the leaves by piercing them to suck the juices, and leave dark frass on the undersides of the leaves. Damage is worst on plants that grow in full sun (Wikipedia contributors 2018).

“Stephanitis takeyai is an invasive Tingidae native to Japan. It was introduced to Europe in 1994 through the plant trade in the Netherlands with its feeder plant Pieris japonica (Aukema 1996). It reached Germany in 2002 (Baufeld 2002), Belgium in 2003 (Aukema et al. 2005) and France in 2004 (Streito 2006)” (Schneider 2020).

Status and distribution in Luxembourg

Stephanitis takeyai Drake & Maa, 1955 was first found on 24th June 2019 in the kitchen of a private house in Roeser. The often open door of this kitchen communicates with a garden in which grows Pieris japonica (the Japanese andromeda), the host plant of the Andromeda lace bug (Schneider 2020: 100).

Risk assessment

ISEIA protocol

Following its discovery in Luxembourg in 2019, the species has been reassessed on 14th September 2020 to C1 (3+1+1+1) by Christian Ries. Assessment before the appearance of the species in Luxembourg: C1 (3+1+1+1) (Ries et al. 2017: 69).

Harmonia+ protocol

Overall risk score 0,08 = (Overall Invasion score 0,37 x Overall Impact score 0,39) (evaluated by Jennifer Cross, Svenja Christian and Roland Proess).


Worldwide distribution


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  • Aukema, B., J. M. Bruers & G. Viskens, 2005. Nieuwe en zeldzame Belgische wantsen (Hemiptera: Heteroptera). Bulletin van de Koninklijke Belgische Vereniging voor Entomologie 141: 33–37.
  • Baufeld, P., 2002. Die Andromedanetzwanze (Stephanitis takeyai) – ein neuer Schädling an Ziergehölzen. Nachrichtenblatt des Deutschen Pflanzenschutzdienstes 54: 318–319.
  • GBIF, 2019. Stephanitis takeyai Drake & Maa, 1955 in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset [accessed 2020-04-20]
  • MNHNL, iNaturalist & GBIF, 2020. Stephanitis takeyai Drake & Maa, 1955 in MNHNL-mdata, online portal combining species observation from Recorder-Lux, iNaturalist and GBIF. National Museum of Natural History, Luxembourg. URL: [Accessed 2020-04-20]
  • Rabitsch, W., 2010. True Bugs (Hemiptera, Heteroptera). Biorisk 4: 407-433. Pensoft. Sofia-Moscow. Doi: 10.3897/biorisk.4.44
  • Ries, C., A. Arendt, C. Braunert, S. Christian, A. Dohet, A. Frantz, G. Geimer, M. Hellers, J. A. Massard, X. Mestdagh, R. Proess, N. Schneider & M. Pfeiffenschneider, 2017. Environmental impact assessment and black, watch and alert list classification after the ISEIA Protocol of invertebrates in Luxembourg. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 119: 63-70. [PDF 360 KB]
  • Schneider, N., 2020. Premières mentions d’Oxycarenus lavaterae (Fabricius, 1787), de Tropidothorax leucopterus (Goeze, 1778) et de Stephanitis takeyai Drake & Maa, 1955 (Insecta, Hemiptera, Heteroptera) au Luxembourg. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 122 : 99-102. [PDF]
  • Streito, J.C., 2006. Note sur quelques espèces envahissantes de Tingidae : Corythucha ciliata (Say, 1932), Stephanitis pyrioides (Scott, 1874) et Stephanitis takeyai Drake & Maa, 1955 (Hemiptera Tingidae). L’Entomologiste 62 : 31-36.
  • Wikipedia contributors, 2018. Stephanitis takeyai, Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 21 March 2018, 10:34 UTC, <> [accessed20 April 2020]

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