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Hackberry > Leaves > Flecks, spots or blotches on leaves

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  • Image: Hackberry lacebug 1
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Hackberry lacebug
Corythucha celtidis

  • White or yellow speckled or pinprick discolorations on upper
    leaf surfaces
  • Lace bugs are up to 1/4 inch long; light colored bodies with dark colored spots; intricate, lacy wings
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  • Image: Hackberry nipple gall 1
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Hackberry nipple gall
Pachypsylla celtidismamma

  • Yellow discolorations on upper leaf surface above the nipple galls
  • Circular, nipple-like swellings that project from the undersides
    of leaves
  • Premature leaf drop can occur during heavy infestations
  • Adults are light brown with flecks of creamish-white and look like miniature cicadas; 1/8th to 3/16th long
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Cottony maple scale
Pulvinaria innumerabilis

  • Young insects remove sap from leaves creating a speckled appearance and possibly yellowing leaves in mid to late summer
  • White marshmallow egg-sacs along the twigs and small branches
  • Honeydew, a sticky, shiny material, on leaves and branches
  • Sooty mold may result from honeydew
  • Heavy infestations cause premature leaf drop and branch dieback
  • Nymphs are brown-translucent, 1/5 inch long
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Downy mildew
Pseudoperonospora celtidis

  • Light green to yellow spots or blotches on leaves; spots turn brown with age
  • Infected leaves may be puckered or distorted around spots
  • White to gray fluffy mats form on leaf undersides in humid conditions
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