Andromeda Lacebug Stephanitis takeyai (Drake and Maa, 1955)
The tiny Andromeda Lacebug is usually found on the garden shrubs Pieris and Rhododendron and although known from the UK since 1998, there are still few records of this Japanese species. Originally thought to have been recorded as new to Nottinghamshire in August 2016, when a single specimen was swept from marginal vegetation at Attenborough NR (Sexton, T.). This record seems to have been beaten though, as we recently received a large number of invertebrate records from the Nottingham Biological and Geological Record Centre, among which was a record of Stephanitis takeyai from New Balderton, Newark on July 3rd 2015.

The most recent county records are from Market Warsop in August 2017 (Pendleton, T.A. and Pendleton, D.T.) Attenborough village (Sexton, T.) in September 2017 and from a Mapperley garden and Woodthorpe Park in September 2018, when both single adults and nymphs were found. Stephanitis takeyai must now be well established in the county. Our thanks go to Tim who kindly allowed us to use his photographs (top two) on the website.

Stephanitis takeyai nymph, photographed at Woodthorpe Park, Nottingham September 2018
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Stephanitis takeyai
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Tim Sexton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. NBGRC. Jim Flanagan.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2024

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