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Insects: DIAGNOSTICS

Horticultural Diseases and Pests - Alphabetically
Horticultural Diseases and Pests - by Host

Lacewing

Habitat:

Lacewings are commonly found in grass, weeds, and on the foliage of trees and shrubs.

Description:

Lacewings are flying insects with lacy, netted wings that extend in an oval beyond their slim bodies. Adults of this predaceous insect are commonly referred to as green lacewings and they measure about 1 inch long. The larvae are often referred to as aphid lions. Most adults are greenish in color and have golden-colored eyes. The eggs are unusual in that each egg is laid on the end of a tiny stalk. Lacewing larvae feed chiefly on aphids and also on mites, mealybugs, whiteflies, leafhoppers, and thrips, among others. The winged adults do not feed on insects; they feed only on nectar, pollen, and honeydew from flowers.

Control:

Lacewings and their larvae cause no damage to plants. No preventive measures are needed, and you can attract them to your garden by planting nectar sources.