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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.