Subject: Bug on Cannabis
Geographic location of the bug: Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Time: 02:19 PM PDT
Your letter to the bugman: Dear Bugman,
While inspecting my maturing marijuana buds in anticipation of harvest, I noticed this solitary insect on one of my bugs. Can you identify it for me?
How you want your letter signed: Constant Gardener
Dear Constant Gardener,
This is a Lace Bug in the family Tingidae, and according to BugGuide: “Feed mainly on leaves of trees and shrubs, causing yellow spotting and sometimes browning and death of the leaves.” We did find a posting on Invasive.org of a Lace Bug and eggs on marijuana, and it contains the caption: “Adult lace bug and eggs on the underside of a hemp leaf. Note: The nymphs failed to establish on the plant. ” The University of California Pest Management System does not mention Cannabis as a host plant.