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Green Lacewing

Green lacewing

Green lacewing (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae) Vicky Bertagnolli ©2020, Clemson Extension


Green lacewings are in the order Neuroptera and the family Chrysopidae. Neuroptera is Greek for ‘veined’ + ‘wing’, referring to the many veins in the lacewings’ wings. Chrysopidae is Greek for ‘gold’ + ‘face’, referring to the golden eyes typical of green lacewings.

Green lacewings are considered beneficial insects as they serve as predators and natural enemies of many soft-bodied insects in the landscape. Lacewing larvae are voracious predators. Larvae have large, sickle-like mandibles and are found to commonly feast on aphids.

Identification of adult lacewings:

  • About 3/4 inch long
  • Most species green, some brown
  • Wings with many cross veins
  • Golden eyes
  • Weak fliers

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