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Green Lacewing

Green Lacewing (Chrysoperla carner)

Habitat: They live on gardens, vegetable gardens and agricultural fields.

Size: 15 to 22 mm

Predators/Prey: Larvae feed on aphids, mites, and small arthropods.  Adult green lacewings are divided in two diet categories: mainly predatory and mainly pollen, nectar and honeydew.

Life Span: They live 2.5 to 3 months

Interesting facts:

  • Gardeners use them as pest control.
  • The female lacewing lays her eggs suspended at the tops of threadlike stalks or else when they hatch the hungry larvae will eat each other ,
  • Adults of lacewing also called “stink flies” because their ability to produce stink odor when caught as a means of defense against enemies.

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green lacewing SEM image

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