brown lacewing

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Noun1.brown lacewing - small dark-colored lacewing fly
lacewing, lacewing fly - any of two families of insects with gauzy wings (Chrysopidae and Hemerobiidae); larvae feed on insect pests such as aphids
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The studied material was collected from cocoons of the brown lacewing, Notiobiella cixiiformis.
No specimens of a previously-common pecan aphid parasitoid were detected, only an occasional green or brown lacewing was captured and no specimens were detected of several species of coccinellids, a mirid, syrphids, and an anthocorid that previously had been important predators in both pecan and crape myrtle.
Green lacewings, which are like tiny dragonflies with pale green transparent wings and brown lacewings, are prodigious eaters of aphids.