Green Lacewing

Spring is merging into summer. The daisies are blooming, the first summer butterflies are flying (skippers, coppers, blues). Here’s an early summer bug, a green lacewing:

They are about a half inch long or less. Lots of them are flying now in my area. Lacewings are in the order Neuroptera with antlions and some other curious insects. The lacewing larva is sometimes called an aphidlion – they eat lots of aphids.  The most interesting adults in Neuroptera are owlflies – dragonfly-like insects with prominent clubbed antennae. Unfortunately for me, owlflies are commoner in southern N America, not my area.

5 thoughts on “Green Lacewing

  1. Hi Tom. This is such a wonderful image. Bugs are beautiful, at least when they aren’t biting you, getting into your food or eating your winter woolens. 🙂
    Ive never had the opportunity to shoot one of these and am so envious of the fine job you did making this image. I think I mentioned it elsewhere, but the topper in this is the iridescence you captured in the wing. Sweet!

  2. Great capture! You got the depth of field just right to bring out its delicate features. I believe that the lacewings are the best beneficial insect for most people’s gardens and landscapes. The larvae eat almost any kind of insect and you can buy the lacewing as eggs so they begin searching wherever you place them. Nobody likes to spray pesticides on the food they’re growing, so I’ve built a web site with info on them and other beneficials at to help people learn how to use these good bugs. I have quite a few photos of lacewings and other bugs there as well. Another big benefit of using a predator instead of an insecticide is that it allows all the beneficial insects that are already present in your garden to keep working on the pest insect complex.

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