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
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.