Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Stephanitis oberti

Stephanitis oberti (Kolenati, 1857)

rhododendron lace bug

on Rhododendron, etc.


Larvae and imagines freely on the undersides of the leaves. Eggs deposited in rows or small groups along the midrib at the underside. They are covered with a thin brown layer of dried secretion.

host plants

Ericaceae, oligophagous

Andromeda; Pteris; Rhododendron catawbiense; Vaccinium vitis-idaea.


Univoltine; hibernation as egg, occasionally as imago.

distribution within Europe

PESI (2021).


Aukema & Hermes (2006a), Rabitsch (2008a), Viskens, Bruers & Vercauteren (0000a).

Last modified 15.iii.2021