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Scientific Name: Chrysoperla sp.

Nickname: Lacewing, Green Lacewing

Appearance/Size: Varies in size depending on species. Brown Lacewing adults are 3/8 inch to 5/8 inch in size. Most species are normally green or brown in color.

Prefered Habitat: They like the shade, does not like to be in direct sunlight. Adults need nectar/pollen or honeydew to stick around. Reports show spraying plants with a diluted sugar/water mix keeps them around longer.

Reproduction: A female can produce 100-200 eggs in her lifetime. Eggs take 1-3 weeks to fully mature into adults. They will go through 4 stages (Egg, Larvae, Pupae and Adult). Eggs are laid on a “string” for protection.

Eat: Green Lacewing larvae are popular with gardeners because they eat insects that destroy vegetable plants. They eat other small insect pests like spider mites, thrips, mealybugs, leafhoppers, and pest moths. Lacewing larvae use their mouthparts to puncture bodies of prey and extract body fluids.

Release Rates: About 500 eggs per 100 square feet. Release once every 3 weeks and adjust applications as necessary to infestation.

Side Notes: Adults are known to be crepuscular or nocturnal. Meaning they hunt during the night, at least they prefer. They are very unstable; some reports show a lacewing will only eat 100 prey in it’s life time, while others show 100 in just a few days. They are also known to be attracted to many types of pollinating flowers, such as sunflowers, angelica and cosmos. Having these around your garden will surely attract lacewings. Lacewings are from the family Chrysopidae, and order Neuroptera. There are between (vary on resources) 1300-2000 known species of lacewings, in 85 genres. Also known as the “Aphid Lion”, lacewings love to lay there eggs around aphid colonies. Just moments after hatching, a lacewing larvae will start it’s hunt for food.


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1000 Egg Count- (About $13.00) Green Lacewing Eggs/Larvae can be used on a number of different plants and food crops such as cotton, sweet corn, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, apples and strawberries. Note: You can release with other beneficial insects like ladybugs and praying mantis!! We recommend to release the same day as received. Release Rates: Interiorscape: 1,000 eggs per 500 sq. feet; Gardens: 1,000 eggs per 2,500 sq. feet; Field Crops: 5,000 per acre.
1000 Egg Count- (About $15.00) The natural enemy of many species of pests, insects, and mites, the Green Lacewings are shipped as eggs that will soon hatch into larvae. The tiny larvae are known as “Aphid Lions” because of their voracious appetites (devouring as many as 1000 aphids per day). They remain as larvae for up to 21 days, just crawling around looking for food.
4000 Egg Count- (About $34.00) Aphid Lions also make hearty meals of Mealybugs, spider mites, caterpillars, thrips, leaf hoppers, whitefly larvae, a wide variety of moth eggs, and just about any other soft bodied pest. The adult green lacewing only feeds on pollen, but it will immediately begin laying eggs, and the life cycle will repeat. 4,000 eggs. Restricted state: Hawaii

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