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Tingis ampliata
Family: Tingidae

Tingis species are grey-brown lacebugs covered in white powdery deposits made of wax. The 4th antennal segment is broader than 3rd and there are three frontal processes (small projections arising between the antennae). 

T. ampliata is distinguished by the four rows of meshes at the margin of the pronotum and forewings. The two projections arising just behind the eyes (occipital processes) extend beyond the base of the frontal processes (see right). It
is a common species on creeping thistle throughout much of Britain.

Overwinters as an adult and aggregates on the foodplant in the spring and early summer.

Compare T. cardui

Adult: All year
Length 3-4 mm
Tingis ampliata
Adult: north London (May 2010) ©Tristan Bantock

Tingis ampliata Tingis ampliata
Adult: south London (May 2006) ©Toby Barton

Adult: east London (April 2009) ©Tristan Bantock