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Oecharis sp. (Heteroptera: Tingidae)
Among the least-recognised insects are Lace Bugs (Family Tingidae), so named because of the papery lattice structure on their wings and body. Despite this there are about 2000 recognised species worldwide, and perhaps many times that number in species unknown to science. These critters feed on plant sap and have tight host-plant associations. This means that each species specialises on only one or a few species of plant, making them especially vulnerable to habitat loss.
Another reason this family does not get much love is because of their small size, typically only 2-5mm long (~0.08-0.2 in).