Random Insect: Green lacewing

Green lacewing (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae) photographed 11/11/2012 near Palmyra, Michigan.

On an unusually warm November evening I noticed this green lacewing (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae) resting under my porch light. Many insects in this order are attracted to lights, providing opportunities to collect them.

Green lacewing (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae) photographed 11/11/2012 near Palmyra, Michigan.

Like many insects green lacewings lose their color when preserved in alcohol. Regardless of coloration, in the photo above you can see the four large wings of similar size and shape that are typical of this order.

Green lacewing (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae) photographed 11/11/2012 near Palmyra, Michigan.

Green lacewings are important as predators of crop pests. While the adults of only a few species feed on other insects, the larvae of all species are strictly predaceous. Some of their favorite prey include economically destructive aphids (Hemiptera: Aphididae). For this reason they’re sold commercially as biocontrol agents.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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