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(lace bugs), a family of insects of the order Hemip-tera. The elytra and usually part of the thorax coverings have a reticular-alveolate structure and resemble lace (hence the name). The tarsi are two-jointed; ocelli are lacking. The body length is from 1.5 to 5 mm. There are more than 1,800 species (about 240 genera); in the USSR about 130 species.
Tingidae live, often in large congregations, on the leaves of plants, whose juices they feed on. They are not very mobile. The Stephanitis pyri, common in the southern European USSR, the Caucusus, and Middle Asia, damages the leaves of pear, apple, and other fruit trees, and also the leaves of wild trees and shrubs, especially lindens.