Gorse Lacebug Dictyonota strichnocera (Fieber, 1844)
Lacebugs are small insects, which have beautifully sculptured wings and pronutum. Together these produce the lace-like patterning, from which they derive their name. They are plant feeders and Gorse Lacebug is certainly one of the larger species, but still only measures around 3.5mm in length. Easily found by beating Gorse during the Summer months, but so far seems restricted to the Sherwood Sandstone areas on Nottinghamshire. The nymph is showed in the lower two photographs.
Dictyonota strichnocera nymph, photographed at Sherwood Heath July 2021
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Dictyonota strichnocera
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Dave Budworth. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Allan and Annette Binding. NBN Gateway. Andy Godfrey. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Sorby Natural History Society.

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Updated January 2022

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