Green Lacewing
(Common Name)
(General Category)
Neuroptera: Chrysopidae
(Taxonomic Classification)
Chrysopa spp.
(Scientific Name)

Green lacewing adult with rollover charactersGreen lacewing larva with rollover ID characters

Description: These intriguing insects are important predators of aphids. The adults are not always predacious, and can often be found on flowers feeding on pollen and nectar. The adults often turn up to porch lights at night year-round in the southeast, although in the winter their color appears somewhat faded. The larvae are always predacious and are sometimes referred to as aphid lions.

Identification:  Rollover pictures with mouse for tips on how to identify these predators. Adults: green-bodied with large transparent net-like wings, long, thin antennae, and coppery-colored eyes. Larvae: larvae are alligator-like with long, narrow sickle-like jaws. Eggs: laid on stalks to avoid predation or cannibalism.

Value in Pest Management: Green lacewings are valuable natural controls that contribute to population regulation of aphids and other small soft-bodied insects. They are widely sold commercially for biological control, and have had equipment specifically developed for their application to various crops and orchards (see BIRC online Directory).

Origin and Distribution:  Native, throughout eastern North America (

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