- Adult: greenish color, delicate lace-like wings, shining, golden eyes, 3/4 in. long.
- Egg: laid singly on silken stalk which projects 1/4 - 1/2 in. above surface of leaves or stems to which they are attached.
- Larva: elongate, spindle-shaped ("alligator-like") with long sickle-like mandibles.
- Pupa: pupae in silken cocoons.
- Generation Time: 40 days.
- Prey: aphids, insect eggs, and small caterpillars.
Green Lacewing Pictures
a) larva of a common "trash-bearing" species attaches the remnants of prey and other debris to its body (courtesy of E. Vasquez);
b) stalked eggs may be deposited anywhere on plant.
a) adult has delicate wings held roof-like over its body and is active at night;
b) larva uses paired, sickle-like mandibles to hold prey while sucking its contents.