Basswood/Linden > Leaves > Dots, spots or blotches on leaves
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- Needle-like mouthparts cause white or yellow speckled or pinprick discolorations that are visible on upper leaf surfaces
- Defoliation can occur when trees are severely infested
- Lace bugs are up to 1/5 inch long; light colored bodies; intricate, lacy wings
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- Larvae feed in between leaf surfaces, creating blotch-like mines
- Mines are whitish or opaque at first but eventually turn brown
- Damage caused by the beetle larvae
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Linden leaf blotch
- Brown to blackish leaf blotches with fingerlike projections from margin
- A yellow halo may develop around the leaf blotch or the entire leaf may yellow and fall off
- Leaf spots appear in mid to late summer
- Highly infected trees will lose nearly all infected leaves by early fall
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- White or gray powdery mats, resembling talcum powder, occur in spots, blotches or coat leaves
- Leaves may become deformed and turn yellow and die in severe infestations
- Common on lower leaves or leaves that are shaded
- Commonly seen in spring or fall
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- Black, brown, or gray soot-like covering on leaf surfaces, or twigs
- Sticky, shiny secretions on leaves from sap-sucking insects (aphids, leaf hoppers, psyllids, etc.)
- Insects or signs of insect damage (distorted, pin-prick feeding marks, etc.) may be seen on leaves above the worst affected moldy areas
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- Feed by removing sap from leaves and twigs creating yellowish spots on leaves
- Severe infestations lead to branch death and defoliation
- Female scales are brownish, oblong shaped and found on twigs; immature males are white, linear shaped, fuzzy and found on leaves
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Introduced basswood thrips
- Buds are attacked resulting in bud drop or deformed, ragged appearance of new leaves in spring
- Defoliation usually occurs when infestation is high resulting in a thin canopy
- Typically a forest pest, usually not a landscape problem
- American basswood is primary host
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