Common Green Lacewing


Chrysoperla carnea group – I am always taken by the delicacy these insects possess. These are very much respected in the garden as they eat large numbers of aphids and mites. If you wish to learn more about these fascinating insects please click on the link below. Double-click image to enlarge.


Neuroptera: The Lacewings


Common Green Lacewing Chrysoperla carnea group

© Peter Hillman ♦ 9th April 2020 ♦ Rear garden, Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200


12 thoughts on “Common Green Lacewing

  1. We see many of these in Minnesota and, as you said, usually around artificial light after dark. But to the alert observer they can also be seen in daylight, and they are a delight to behold, so delicate and faery-like. I didn’t realize that they are such efficient predators, and I thank you again for the new knowledge. I will appreciate them even more from now on.

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    • You are welcome, and thank you, Gary 🙂 ‘Faery-like’ is a delightful way of describing them, for they are just that when watching them in flight. I have but rarely seen them during the day, usually by accidentally disturbing them, but they are trully lovely to behold. Of the green lacewing group, it is said a female can lay up to 300 eggs, and each resulting larva may consume between 1,000 to 10,000 aphids during its development.

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