Blue-green coloured lacewing with distinctive black stripe along the centre of the body and black markings on the head. The wings are black veined, and the antennae has a black second segment. Length 15mm.
Like most lacewings, they feed on aphids.
Seen May to August, with the adults overwintering. They inhabit many well vegetated habitats, including hedgerows and gardens. Common and widespread, but absent from Ireland and northern most Scotland.
Photographs of Chrysopa perla, taken June 2007, rear garden , Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2007. Camera used Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W1.