Most recently reviewed by: Extension Entomologist at Weslaco (Vacant) (2021)
Common Name(s): green lacewing
Eggs are laid singly or in small groups. They are small, white, and laid on a long, thin stalk. Eggs are usually laid near a food source. Larvae are brown in white and tapered on both ends of the body. Larvae have sickle-like mandibles that they use to feed on prey. Pupae are non-moving and non-feeding. They are egg shaped and light in color and are found on plants. Adults are about ¾ of an inch long and light green in color. Their wings are similar in size and shape and contain many veins, cross-veins, and cells.
Origin and Distribution
Green lacewings occur throughout North America.
Habitat & Hosts
Larvae feed on aphids and other small, soft-bodied insects. Adults feed on pollen, nectar, and honeydew, but some feed on insects.
Complete life cycle: egg- larva- pupa- adult.
ManagementIf you live in the State of Texas, contact your local county agent or entomologist for management information. If you live outside of Texas, contact your local extension for management options.
Beneficial insect. No management needed.