One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A slender delicate insect with large clear membranous wings. Both the adults and larvae are typically predators of aphids.
Several families in the order Neuroptera, in particular Chrysopidae (the green lacewings)
- ‘Most adult lacewings get their sustenance from pollen, nectar, and the honeydew produced by aphids and scales.’
- ‘Natural predators such as ladybirds and lacewings love to eat aphids, but they can be scarce.’
- ‘All lacewings, both as adults and larvae, prey on aphids and other soft-bodied insects.’
- ‘Rearing methods are being developed for green lacewings so that they may be used in biological control of aphids.’
- ‘The larvae of the green lacewing are ferocious predators.’
- ‘That is why right now is one of the best times to begin releasing green lacewings into your garden.’
- ‘The female lacewing lays about 300 eggs, and each developing larva eats between 1000 and 10,000 aphids in its lifetime.’
- ‘Female lacewings can lay up to 300 eggs over a period of 3-4 weeks, if they survive that long.’
- ‘All brown lacewings are voracious predators as both larvae and adults.’
- ‘The larval stage of the green lacewing is sometimes confused with the larval stage of lady beetles or ladybugs.’
- ‘Most of the green lacewings found in Kentucky, such as the one pictured below, are in the Chrysoperla genus.’
- ‘Both larval and adult lacewings are predators, and are fond of aphids, scales, and other small homopteran insects.’
- ‘Here is a green lacewing, maybe chrysopa oculata, contrasting sharply with the frost-burnt clove basil.’
- ‘Many species of adult lacewings do not prey on pests.’
- ‘However in some lacewings the head may also appear to be extended, though never to the extent of a scorpionfly.’
- ‘The adult green lacewing is about 3/4 inch long, light green and has a delicate appearance with lacy wings.’
- ‘There are two species of lacewings that are brown as adults.’
- ‘The common green lacewing occurs throughout North America, while other species are more restricted in distribution.’
- ‘To introduce green lacewings into a garden start early in the season as soon as pest insects are detected.’
- ‘Nymphidae is the family to which lacewings and ant-lions belong.’
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