Lacewing

Beneficial Insect: Lacewing (Chrysoperla spp.)

Insect Type: Beneficial Insect

Major Identifying Features: Slender insects that are attracted to light, adults are light green with huge, transparent wings, threadlike antennae, and golden eyes, up to 1 inch long, fast-moving insects, flattened, brown and white with large curved mandibles for grasping prey

Life Cycle: Females lay eggs on the ends of long filaments to prevent new hatchlings from eating each other, eggs are green and can be found on slender stalks, lacewings go through 1-3 generations per year, pupae overwinter, adult lacewings do no feed on insects themselves, they prefer pollen, nectar and honeydew

Pest Rating: Beneficial!

Management Rating: Beneficial!

Host/Season/Outbreak Information: Are found clinging to window screens at night

Support Information/Common Prey: Larvae feed on mites, small insects, including aphids, caterpillars, leafhoppers, mealybugs, psyllids, whiteflies, and insect eggs

Management/Attraction Options: Provide a diversity of plants that produce pollen and nectar such as Angelica, caraway, coreopsis, cosmos, goldenrod, marguerite daisies, Queen Ann`s Lace, tansy, yarrow, leave weeds such as dandelions, and yarrow between crop plants, purchase lacewings and release them into the garden

Source:

http://www.cedarcirclefarm

Dreistadt, Steve H., and Jack Kelly Clark. Pests of Landscape Trees and Shrubs: An Integrated Pest Management Guide. Oakland, CA: U of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, 2016. Print.

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