Creeping Thistle Lacebug

Tingis ampliata


Over all length 3 to 4mm. This is a small insect with beautifully sculpted pronotum and forewings. The lace-like fringes to the pronotum and wings give the family their name. This species is very similar to Tingis cardui.


Found mainly on Creeping Thistles, at field edges, rough ground and brown-field sites.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread through most of Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

All year.