Green Lacewing

Family: Chrysopidae

Native Range: Europe and North America, Pennsylvania*


Active: Spring, summer, fall*

Color and Appearance: Green body with four clear wings*

August 24, 2020: Green lacewings are nocturnal. My photograph was taken under our porch light. While adult green lacewings feed on nectar, pollen, and honeydew, the larva seek out and devour soft-bodied insects such as aphids and caterpillars. As a result, the larva known as aphidlions are used as a form of organic pest control, particularly in enclosed spaces like greenhouses. Female green laceswings lay eggs at the tops of fine filaments to prevent fellow lacewing larva from eating the eggs.*

*From Wikipedia (

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